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
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.