1st Edition

Culture, Society and Sexuality A Reader

Edited By Richard Parker, Peter Aggleton Copyright 2007
    512 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton  Section 1: Culture, Society and Sexuality  Part 1: Conceptual Frameworks  2. Sexual Matters: On Conceptualizing Sexuality in History Robert A. Padgug  3. Sexual Scripts William Simon and John H. Gagnon  4. Anthropology Rediscovers Sexuality: A Theoretical Comment Carole Vance  Part 2: Gender and Power  5. Gender as a Useful Category of Historical Analysis Joan Wallach Scott  6. ‘Gender’ for a Marxist Dictionary: The Sexual Politics of a Word Donna J. Haraway  7. ‘That We Should All Turn Queer?’: Homosexual Stigma in the Making of Manhood and the Breaking of a Revolution in Nicaragua Roger N. Lancaster  Part 3: From Gender to Sexuality  8. Discourse, Desire and Sexual Deviance: Some Problems in a History of Homosexuality Jeffrey Weeks  9. Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality Gayle S. Rubin  10. ‘The Unclean Motion of the Generative Parts’: Frameworks in Western Thought on Sexuality Robert W. Connell and Gary W. Dowsett  Part 4: Sexual Identities/Sexual Communities  11. Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence Adrienne Rich  12. The Hijras of India: Cultural and Individual Dimensions of an Institutionalized Third Gender Role Serena Nanda  13. Capitalism and Gay Identity / John D’Emilio  Section 2: Sexual Meanings, Health, and Rights  Part 5: Gender, Power and Rights  14. Masculinities and Globalization R.W. Connell  15. Violence, Sexuality, and Women’s Lives Lori L. Heise  16. Reproductive and Sexual Rights: A Feminist Perspective Sonia Correa and Rosalind Petchesky  Part 6: Sexual Categories and Classification  17. HIV, Heroin and Heterosexual Relations Stephanie Kane  18. An Explosion of Thai Identities: Global Queering and Re-Imaging Queer Theory Peter A. Jackson  19. Bhai-behen, True Love, Time Pass: Friendships and Sexual Partnerships among Youth in an Indian Metropolis Leena Abraham  Part 7: Sexual Negotiations and Transactions  20. Masculinity and Urban Men: Perceived Scripts for Courtship, Romantic, and Sexual Interactions with Women David Wyatt Seal and Anke A. Ehrhardt  21. Some Traditional Methods are More Modern than Others: Rhythm, Withdrawal and the Changing Meanings of Sexual Intimacy in Mexican Companionate Marriage Jennifer S. Hirsch and Constance Nathanson  22. Mobility, Sexual Networks and Exchange among Bodabodamen in Southwest Uganda Stella Nyanzi, Barbara Nyanzi, Bessie Kalina and Robert Pool  Part 8: Contemporary and Future Challenges  23. Gendered Scripts and the Sexual Scene: Promoting Sexual Subjects among Brazilian Teenagers Vera Paiva   24. HIV and AIDS-related Stigma and Discrimination: A Conceptual Framework and Implications for Action Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton  25. Bracketing Sexuality: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation – A Decade of Development and Denial at the UN Ignacio Saiz


    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.