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Human Sexuality
Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

ISBN 9780789026729
Published March 26, 2009 by Routledge
652 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Human Sexuality: Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives is a unique textbook that provides a complete analysis of this crucial aspect of life around the world. Utilizing viewpoints across cultural and national boundaries, and deftly weaving evolutionary and psychological perspectives, Bolin and Whelehan go beyond the traditional evolution and primatology to address cross-cultural and contemporary issues, as well as anthropological contributions and psycho-social perspectives.

Taking into account the evolution of human anatomy, sexual behavior, attitudes, and beliefs, this far-reaching text goes beyond what is found in traditional books to present a wide diversity of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors found globally. In addition to providing a rich array of photographs, illustrations, tables, and a glossary of terms, this extraordinary textbook explores:

    • pregnancy and childbirth as a bio-cultural experience
    • life-course issues related to gender identity, sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles
    • socioeconomic, political, historical, and ecological influences on sexual behavior
    • early childhood sexuality, puberty and adolescence
    • birth control, fertility, conception, and sexual differentiation
    • HIV infection, AIDS, AIDS globalization and sex work

Fusing biological, socio-psychological, and cultural influences to offer new perspectives on understanding human sexuality, its development over millions of years of evolution, and how sexuality is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts, this is the text for educators and students who wish to understand human sexuality in all of its richness and complexity.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: History and Context
  • Chapter 2. Perspectives on Human Sexuality: Bio-Psycho-Cultural Approaches
  • Chapter 3. The Evolutionary History of Human Sexuality
  • Chapter 4. Introduction to the Hormonal Basis of Modern Human Sexuality
  • Chapter 5. Modern Human Male Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chapter 6. Modern Human Female Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chapter 7. Fertility, Conception, and Sexual Differentiation
  • Chapter 8. Pregnancy and Childbirth As a Bio-Cultural Experience
  • Chapter 9. Early childhood Sexuality
  • Chapter 10. Puberty and Adolescence
  • Chapter 11. Topics in Adult Sexuality: Human Sexual Response
  • Chapter 12. Topics in Adult Sexuality: Birth Control
  • Chapter 13. Topics in Adult Sexuality: Life Course Issues Related to Gender Identity, Gender Roles, and Aging
  • Chapter 14. Sexual Orientations, Behaviors, and Life-Styles
  • Chapter 15. HIV Infection and AIDS
  • Chapter 16. Globalization and Sexuality: The Meaning and Issues of “Sex Work” Globally
  • Chapter 17. Summary and Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Anne Bolin is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Elon University and is the recipient of the Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award. She is the co-author of Perspectives on Human Sexuality (1999) with Patricia Whelehan. She is also co-author of Athletic Intruders: Women, Culture and Exercise (2003) with Jane Granskog. She is a Diplomate with the American Board of Sexology, a certified sex researcher, Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, former co-chair/co-founder and currently Steering Committee member of the Human Sexuality and Anthropology Interest Group.

Patricia Whelehan is Professor of Anthropology and AIDS Education Coordinator at SUNY-Potsdam. She is the co-author of Perspectives on Human Sexuality (1999) with Anne Bolin and author of An Anthropological Perspective on Prostitution: The World’s Oldest Profession (2001). In 2007, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Service. In 1999 and 2008, she received the Phi Eta Sigma award for Outstanding Teacher of the year, and in 2008 she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society that recognizes scholarly distinction. Her textbook, The Anthropology of AIDS: A Global Perspective is forthcoming in 2009.