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Master of Arts (MA)
Salazar, Debra J.
This paper presents a novel method for understanding how the Supreme Court constructs identities. Applying Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality to pivotal Supreme Court decisions which solidified gay identity were analyzed using Bowers v. Hardwick, Romer v. Evans, and Lawrence v. Texas. The results of this investigation show that the Court’s construction of gay identity changed with each case, sculpted by what they perceived at the time as most productive for American society. The work presented here has profound implications for the future study of the Supreme Court and contributes to our understanding of the workings of institutions in the modern world.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
United States. Supreme Court--Decision making; United States. Supreme Court--Cases
Subject – LCSH
Judicial process--United States--Public opinion; Gays--United States--Identity; Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
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Steele, Logan, "Judging Sodom: gay identity in Bowers, Romer & Lawrence" (2014). WWU Graduate School Collection. 389.