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Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies

ISBN 9780415386487
Published September 19, 2006 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

As the field of sexuality studies has become a growth area in academia and classes on sexuality studies are incorporated into various disciplines, the expanding book market has been filled with specialist oriented texts which are often theoretically focused and contain too many summaries for an undergraduate audience. Addressing this imbalance, this key new volume presents the field of sexuality in an accessible and engaging way for undergraduates.

Breaking new ground, both substantively and stylistically, this book offers students, academics and researchers an accessible, engaging introduction and overview of this emerging field. Its central premise is to explore the social character of sexuality, the role of social differences such as race or nationality in creating sexual variation, and the ways sex is entangled in relations of power and inequality. Through this novel approach, the field of sexuality is considered, for the first time, in multicultural, global, and comparative terms and from a truly social perspective.

This important volume consists of over fifty short and original essays on the key topics and themes in sexuality studies, and interviews with twelve leading scholars in the field which convey some of the most innovative work being done. Each contribution clearly conveys the latest research with examples. Ideal for students of gender and sexuality studies, this topical and timely volume will be an invaluable resource to all those with an interest in sexuality studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Sex as a Social Fact  Introduction  1. Theoretical Perspectives, Steven Seidman  2. Social Construction of Sexuality - Interview with Jeffery Weeks  3. Surveying Sex - Interview with Edward Laumann  Part 2: Sexual Meanings  Introduction  4. Sex and the Family: An Indecent Genealogy, Maureen Sullivan  5. Romantic Love-Interview with, Eva Illouz  6. Sexual Pleasure, Kelly James  7. Purity and Pollution: Sex as a Moral Discourse, Nancy Fischer  8. Sex and Power, Kristen Barber  9. Gay and Straight Rites of Passage, Chet Meeks  10. Coming Out in Italy, Cirus Rinaldi and Claudio Cappotto  Part 3: Sexual Bodies and Behaviors  Introduction  11. Medicine and the Making of a Sexual Body, Celia Roberts  12.  Sexualizing Asian Male Bodies, Travis Kong  13. Sex and the Senior Woman, Meika Loe  14.  The Clitoris, Lisa Jean Moore  15.  Orgasm, Juliet Richter  16. Anal Sex: Phallic and Other Meanings, Simon Hardy  17. Sexual Intercourse, Kermit Kay  18. Viagra and the Coital Imperative, Nicola Gavey  Part 4:  Sexual Identities  Introduction  19. Straight Men, James Dean  20. Lesbians - Interview with Tamsin Wilton  21. The Disappearance of the Homoseuxal - Interview with Henning Bech  22. The Bisexual Menace Revisted: or, Shaking up Categories is Hard to do, Kristen Esterberg  23. Bisexualities in America - Interview with Paula C. Rodriquez Rust  24. Transgendering: Challenging the Normal, Kim Tauches  25. Transsexual, Transgender, Queer - Interview with Viviane Namaste  26.Multiple Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Protestant Congregations, Krista McQueeney Part 5: Sexual Institutions and Sexual Commerce  Introduction  27. One is not Born a Bride: How Weddings Regulate Heterosexuality, Chrys Ingraham  28. Change and Continuity in American Marriage, Erica Hunter  29. Shopping for Love: Online Dating and the Making of a Cyber Culture of Romance, Sophi Demasi  30. Conflicts at the Tubs: Bathhouses and Gay Culture and Politics in the US, Jason Hendrickson  31. Sexual Tourism - Interview with Julia O’Connell-Davidson  32  Sex Sells, but What Else Does it Do? The American Porn Industry, Chris Pappas  33. Sex Workers - Interview with Wendy Chapkis  34.Condoms in the Global Economy, Peter Chua  Part 6: Sexual Cultures  Introduction  35. The Body, Disability, and Sexuality, Tom Gershick  36.  Internet Sex: The Seductive ‘Freedom to...’, Dennis Waskul  37. Gay Men Dancing: Circuit Parties, Russell Westhaver  38. Time of the Sadomasochist: Hunting with(in) the ‘Tribus', Darren Langdridge  39.  Sex and Young Japanese Heterosexual Men, Genaro Castro-Vazquez  40.  Sex and Rock n Roll - Interview with Mimi Schippers  41. Secret Sex and the Downlow Brotherhood, Justin Hoy  42. Wait…Hip Hop Sexualities, Thomas F. DeFrantz  43.  “Feederism:”A New Sexual Pleasure and Subculture, Dina Giovanelli and Natalie Peluso  Part 7: Sexual Regulation and Inequality  Introduction  44. Sexuality, State, and Nation, Jyoti Puri  45. The Sexual Rights of Women and Homosexuals in Iran, Hamid Parnian  46. The Marriage Contract, Mary Bernstein  47. Popular Culture Constructs Sexuality - Interview with Joshua Gamson  48. Christianity and the Regulation of Sexuality in the US, Joshua Grove  49. Law and the Regulation of Obscenity, Phoebe Godfrey  50. Schools and the Social Control of Sexuality, Melinda Miceli  51. Healing  (disorderly) Desire: Medical-Therapeutic Regulation of Sexuality, PJ McGann  52. Therapeutic Institutions, Chris Kelly  53. Gender and the Organization of Heterosexual Intimacy, Dan Santore  54. Sexual Politics in Intimate Relationships: Sexual Coercion and Harassment, Lisa Waldner  55. Sexual and Racial Violence & American Masculinity, Evelyn Clark  Part 8: Sexual Politics  Introduction  56. Gay Marriage: Why Now? Why at all?, Reese Kelly  57. Gay Men and Lesbians in the Netherlands, Gert Hekma and Jan Willem Duyvendak  58. Queering the Family, Mary Burke and Kristine Olsen  59. The Pro Family Movement, Tina Fetner  60. Covenant Marriage: Reflexivity and Retrenchment in the Politics of Intimacy, Dwight Fee  61. AIDS Politics, Jennifer Gunsaullus  62. Supreme Court and the Politics of Lesbian and Gay Rights, Gregory Maddox  63. Gender and Sexual Politics: The American Gay Rights and Women’s Movements, Magen Murphy  64. Politics of Sex  Education - Interview with Janice Irvine  65. Sex Worker Rights Movement, Danielle Hidalgo

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Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of, among other books, Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830-1980 (Routledge, 1991), Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in America (Routledge, 1992), Difference Troubles: Queering Social Theory and Sexual Politics (1997), Beyond the closet (Routledge, 2002), and The Social construction of sexuality (2003). He co-edited Social Postmodernism: Beyond Identity Politics (1995) and edited Queer Theory/Sociology (1996) and the Lesbian and Gay reader (2002).

Nancy Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Her research and teaching is in the areas of urban sociology, sexuality and the sociology of law.

Chet Meeks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. His interests include contemporary social theory, sexuality studies, and cultural sociology.