Kirsten Kramar

University of Winnipeg

Kirsten Kramar is a professor of sociology at the University of Winnipeg.

  • The Disappearance of Criminal Law

    Police Powers and the Supreme Court

    By Richard Jochelson and Kirsten Kramar     November 2014

    In The Disappearance of Criminal Law, Richard Jochelson and Kirsten Kramar examine the rationales underpinning Supreme Court of Canada cases that address the power of the police.

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  • Sex and the Supreme Court

    Obscenity and Indecency Law in Canada

    By Richard Jochelson and Kirsten Kramar     February 2011

    Canadian laws pertaining to pornography and bawdy houses were first developed during the Victorian era, when “non-normative” sexualities were understood as a corruption of conservative morals and harmful to society as a whole. Tracing the socio-legal history of contemporary obscenity and indecency laws, Kramar and Jochelson contend that the law continues to function to protect society from harm. Today, rather than seeing harm to conservative values, the court sees harm to liberal political values. While reforms have been made, especially in light of feminist and queer challenges, Kramar and Jochelson use Foucault’s governmentality framework to show that the liberal harm strategy for governing obscenity and indecency continues to disguise power.

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