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Emergent Identities

New Sexualities, Genders and Relationships in a Digital Era, 1st Edition

By Rob Cover


164 pages

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Examining the emergence of new sexual and gender identities in the context of an ever-changing digital landscape, Emergent Identities considers how traditional, binary understandings of sexuality and gender are being challenged and overridden by a taxonomy of non-binary, fluid classifications and descriptors.

In this comprehensive account of the ongoing shift in our understandings of gender and sexuality, Cover explores how and why traditional masculine/feminine and hetero/homo dichotomies are quickly being replaced with identity labels such as heteroflexible, bigender, non-binary, asexual, sapiosexual, demisexual, ciswoman and transcurious. Drawing on real-world data, Cover considers how new ways of perceiving relationships, attraction and desire are contesting authorised, institutional knowledge on gender and sexuality. The book explores the role that digital communication practices have played in these developments and considers the implications of these new approaches for identity, individuality, creativity, media, healthcare and social belonging.

A timely response to recent developments in the field of gender identity, this will be a fascinating read for students of Psychology, Gender Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, and related areas as well as professionals in this field.

Table of Contents


Chapter One - Introduction: New Post-binary Sexualities and Genders for a Digital Era

Chapter Two - New Identity Labels: Towards a New Sexual and Gender Taxonomy

Chapter Three - Expanding the Range: Grids, Matrices and the Role of Gender and Relationships

Chapter Four - Identity Citizenship: Authenticity, Intersectionality and a New Populism

Chapter Five - Queer Choice: Sexuality and the Emerging Discourses of Choosing and Changing

Chapter Six - New Heterosexualities: Digital Media and an Adaptable Heteromasculinity

Chapter Seven - Implications: What Do Emergent Identities Do?


About the Author

Rob Cover is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

About the Series

Gender and Sexualities in Psychology

Gender and Sexualities in Psychology is a book series showcasing scholarly work over a wide range of areas within gender and sexualities in psychology, and the intersection of gender, feminism, sexualities and LGBTIQ psychology with other areas of the discipline. The series includes theoretically and empirically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, social, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches.  The series adopts an inclusive approach to the discipline of psychology (as well as its cross-cutting relationship to related disciplines) and a recognition of the diversity in research on genders and sexualities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology