Praise for Punishing Disease and The War on Sex
What happens when a nation seduced by carceral solutions confronts a dreaded disease linked to sex and drugs? Trevor Hoppe’s thorough and well documented analysis explains how and why legislators, courts, public health officials, and police across the United States have “criminalized sickness” in the case of HIV/AIDS. "Punishing Disease" is a wake-up call about the dangers of punitive approaches to stopping the spread of disease.
Steven Epstein, author of "Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge" and "Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research"
Sociologists have examined a plethora of human conditions that have been medicalized and treated as Illness. This well researched book examines a case that flips medicalization on its head: how HIV/AIDS, a devastating disease, became criminalized and with what consequences. Trevor Hoppe’s clear analysis sheds important new light on how the meanings of disease and illness have significant social, political and health consequences.
Peter Conrad, Brandeis University
Containing essays from some of the most insightful scholars and activists working on the front lines, "The War on Sex" is a vital tool for understanding how the regulation and criminalization of sex relate to our vital struggles in racial, economic, gender, and disability justice. Full of thoughtful, carefully researched essays, "The War on Sex" will support readers in classrooms and social movements to understand and strategize about the relationships among sex, criminalization, poverty, disability, and contemporary politics. We need this book right now.
Dean Spade, author of "Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law"
Recent events just keep confirming, all too dismally, that the issues this collection takes upfrom sex offender registries and sex trafficking to HIV in public healthlink together as a major front of struggle in our time, often far from public view. Questioning some of the narratives of progress that are so widely echoed in the media and popular consciousness, "The War on Sex" will immediately meet the needs of academics and activists alike.
Michael Warner, author of "Publics and Counterpublics"
We are living through a little-discussed assault on sexual freedoms that is pioneering new, subtle, and insidious methods of social control: this is the disturbing and difficult-to-refute thesis of The War on Sex, a new collection of essays... Interdisciplinary in scope and inclusive of activist voices from outside the academy, the book is an essential introduction to a struggle for self-determination and sexual self-assertion that has been occurring behind mainstream social movements’ focus on dignity and respectability.
Ben Miller, Lambda Literary Foundation