Department of Sociology
Modernization of power in legal and medical discourses: The birth of the (male) homosexual in Hong Kong and its aftermath
The removal of homosexuality from the list of mental disorders and the repeal of restrictive sexual laws deem that Foucault's argument on the discursive control of homosexuality requires refinement to take into consideration the continual modernization and improvement of power. This article examines the multilayered discursive terrain in Hong Kong where homosexuality is created, regulated, and contested in the contemporary era. With the popularization of human rights discourse, sexual dissidents are not simply treated as criminal or pathological; rather, legal and medical discourses have shifted to an increasing reliance on notions of risk to put mechanisms of social regulation in place. © 2012 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
discourse, HIV/AIDS, Hong Kong, legal reform, risk
Source Publication Title
Journal of Homosexuality
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wong, Day, and Pik Ki Leung. "Modernization of power in legal and medical discourses: The birth of the (male) homosexual in Hong Kong and its aftermath." Journal of Homosexuality 59.10 (2012): 1403-1423.