Kate Goldie Townsend

Discipline: Politics

Project Summary

Do children have a right to genital integrity? With my thesis, I argue that they do.

My normative political research is centred around genital cutting. Ultimately, this is a project about children's rights. I develop an account and defence of certain children's rights within the liberal paradigm - in particular the Child's Right to Genital Integrity - while taking seriously multiculturalist and feminist concerns that liberal "difference blindness" can be disadvantageous for many people in the real world.  



Supervisory Team

Professor Robert Lamb

Dr Andrew Schaap

Dr Sarah Drews Lucas

Wider Research Interests

Children's Rights, Feminism, Social Criticism, Intergenerational Justice, Liberalism 

Existentialism, Phenomenology and post-structuralism, The History of Political Thought