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Culture, Society and Sexuality

A Reader, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard Parker, Peter Aggleton


512 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This new and revised edition of Culture, Society and Sexuality brings together and makes accessible a broad and international selection of readings to provide insights into the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of sexuality and relationships, and emerging discourses around sexual and reproductive rights.

Clearly structured and presented, the book makes an extremely useful reference for students and researchers. Section one focuses on the social and cultural construction of sexuality as an emerging field of inquiry over the course of recent decades, and examines some of the most important theoretical insights and areas of investigation that have emerged as this field has developed. Section two links research on the construction of sexuality to a growing body of work on gender and sexuality in relation to a wide range of practical issues and contemporary social policy debates.

It is an essential reader not only for students and researchers in these areas, but also for activists, health workers and service providers, who daily confront practical and policy issues related to sexuality, sexual health and sexual rights.

Table of Contents

1. IntroductionSection 1: Culture, Society and Sexuality Part 1: Conceptual Frameworks 2. Sexual Matters: On Conceptualizing Sexuality in History3. Sexual Scripts4. Anthropology Rediscovers Sexuality: A Theoretical CommentPart 2: Gender and Power 5. Gender as a Useful Category of Historical Analysis6. ‘Gender’ for a Marxist Dictionary: The Sexual Politics of a Word7. ‘That We Should All Turn Queer?’: Homosexual Stigma in the Making of Manhood and the Breaking of a Revolution in Nicaragua Part 3: From Gender to Sexuality 8. Discourse, Desire and Sexual Deviance: Some Problems in a History of Homosexuality 9. Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality10. ‘The Unclean Motion of the Generative Parts’: Frameworks in Western Thought on SexualityPart 4: Sexual Identities/Sexual Communities 11. Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence12. The Hijras of India: Cultural and Individual Dimensions of an Institutionalized Third Gender Role13. Capitalism and Gay Identity Section 2: Sexual Meanings, Health, and Rights Part 5: Gender, Power and Rights 14. Masculinities and Globalization15. Violence, Sexuality, and Women’s Lives16. Reproductive and Sexual Rights: A Feminist Perspective Part 6: Sexual Categories and Classification 17. HIV, Heroin and Heterosexual Relations18. An Explosion of Thai Identities: Global Queering and Re-Imaging Queer Theory19. Bhai-behen, True Love, Time Pass: Friendships and Sexual Partnerships among Youth in an Indian MetropolisPart 7: Sexual Negotiations and Transactions 20. Masculinity and Urban Men: Perceived Scripts for Courtship, Romantic, and Sexual Interactions with Women21. Some Traditional Methods are More Modern than Others: Rhythm, Withdrawal and the Changing Meanings of Sexual Intimacy in Mexican Companionate Marriage22. Mobility, Sexual Networks and Exchange among Bodabodamen in Southwest UgandaPart 8: Contemporary and Future Challenges 23. Gendered Scripts and the Sexual Scene: Promoting Sexual Subjects among Brazilian Teenagers 24. HIV and AIDS-related Stigma and Discrimination: A Conceptual Framework and Implications for Action25. Bracketing Sexuality: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation – A Decade of Development and Denial at the UN

About the Editors

Richard Parker is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and Director of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Health in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and Director and President of the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Peter Aggleton is Professor of Education and Health and holds a UNSW Strategic Chair at the National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Australia.

About the Series

Sexuality, Culture and Health

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Sexuality
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies