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Introducing the New Sexuality Studies

3rd Edition, 3rd Edition

Edited by Steven Seidman, Nancy L. Fischer, Chet Meeks


702 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Introducing the New Sexuality Studies is an innovative, reader-friendly anthology of original essays and interviews that introduces the field of sexuality studies to undergraduate students. Examining the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of sexualities, this anthology is designed to serve as a comprehensive textbook for sexualities and gender-related courses at the undergraduate level.

The book’s contributors include both well-established scholars, including Patricia Hill Collins, Jeffrey Weeks, Deborah L. Tolman, and C.J. Pascoe, as well as emerging voices in sexuality studies. This collection will provide students of sociology, gender, and sexuality with a challenging and broad introduction to the social study of sexuality that they will find accessible and engaging.

Table of Contents

General Introduction Part 1: Laying the Foundations Introduction 1. Sexuality in the (Social) Construction Zone, Lars D. Christiansen and Nancy L. Fischer 2. Theoretical Perspectives: From sexology to queer theory, Steven Seidman 3. Black Sexual Politics Revisited: Interview with Patricia Hill Collins 4. Transforming the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System: The construction of trans categories in the U.S., Laurel Westbrook 5. Pioneering a Sociology of Sexuality: Interview of Jeffrey Weeks 6. Surveying Sex: Interview with Edward Laumann Part 2: Sexual Bodies Introduction 7. Medicine and the Making of a Sexual Body, Celia Roberts 8. Polishing the Pearl: Discoveries of the clitoris, Lisa Jean Moore 9. Viagra and the Coital Imperative, Nicola Gavey 10. Sex and the Senior Woman, Meika Loe 11. The Body, Disability, and Sexuality, Thomas J. Gerschick 12. Orgasm, Juliet Richters 13. Anal Sex: Phallic and other meanings, Simon Hardy Part 3: Genders and Sexualities Introduction 14. Unruly Bodies: Intersex variations of sexual development, Sharon Preves 15. From Transgender to Trans*: The ongoing struggle for the inclusion, acceptance and celebration of identities beyond the binary, Joelle Ryan 16. Adolescent Girls’ Sexuality: The more it changes, the more it stays the same, Deborah Tolman 17. "Guys are Just Homophobic": Rethinking adolescent homophobia and heterosexuality, C.J. Pascoe 18. Not "Straight," but Still a "Man": Negotiating non-heterosexual masculinities in Beirut, Ghassan Moussawi 19. How not to Talk About Muslim Women: Patriarchy, Islam and the sexual regulation of Pakistani women, Saadia Toor 20. Mis-Conceptions About Unintended Pregnancy: Considering context in sexual and reproductive decision-making, Jennifer A. Reich Part 4: Sexual Fluidity and Sexual Identities Introduction 21. Introducing Asexuality, Unthinking Sex, Ela Przybylo 22. Sexual Fluidity: Interview with Lisa Diamond 23. Learning to be Queer: College women’s sexual fluidity, Leila Rupp, Verta Taylor and Shaeleya D. Miller 24. The Bisexual Menace Revisited. Or, shaking up social categories is hard to do, Kristin G. Esterberg 25. Beyond Bi: Sexual fluidity, identity, and the post-bisexual revolution, April Callis 26. Shrinking Lesbian Culture: Interview of Arlene Stein 27. Straight Men and Women, James Joseph Dean 28. Sexual Narratives of "Straight" Women, Nicole LaMarre 29. Men’s Sexual Flexibility, Eric Anderson and Stefan Robinson Part 5: Intimacies Introduction 30. Romantic Love: Interview with Eva Illouz 31. Sexual Capital and Social Inequality: The study of sexual fields, Adam Isaiah Green 32. Identities, Inequalities, and the Partners Of Trans Folks, Carey Jean Sojka 33. Gender and the Organization of Heterosexual Intimacy, Daniel Santore 34. Interracial Romance: The logic of acceptance and domination, Kumiko Nemoto 35. Inventions of Hetero-Sex in Later Life: Beyond dysfunction and coital imperative, Linn Sandberg 36. Sexual Politics in Intimate Relationships: Sexual coercion and harassment, Lisa K. Waldner Part 6: Sexual Lifestyles Introduction 37. Contesting the Culture Of Monogamy: Consensual nonmonogamies and polyamory, Christian Klesse 38. The Time of the Sadomasochist: Hunting with(in) the "tribus", Darren Langdridge 39. Dominatrixes and the BDSM Scene: Interview of Danielle Lindemann 40. The Racial and Sexual Stereotypes of the "Down Low" on, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz and Brandon Robinson 41. Sexual Liberation and the Creative Class in Israel, Dana Kaplan 42. Wikisexuality: A new category of sexuality in the virtual world, L. Ayu Saraswati 43. The Thorn in my Side: How ex-gays, ex-ex-gays and celibate gays negotiate their religious and sexual identities, SJ Creek Part 7: Sexuality, Media and Commerce Introduction 44. Popular Culture Constructs Sexuality: Interview of Joshua Gamson 45. "She isn’t whoring herself out like a lot of other girls we see": Heteronormative propriety and "authentic" American girlhood on Taylor Swift forums, Adriane Brown 46. Gendered Dynamics of Social Media, Sander de Ridder and Sofie Van Bauwel 47. Internet Sex: The seductive "freedom to", Dennis Waskul 48. The Political Economy of Sexual Labor: Interview with Elizabeth Bernstein 49. Sex Workers: Interview with Wendy Chapkis 50. Intimate Labor in the Adult Film Industry, Heather Berg 51. Making Politics Explicit: Depicting authenticity in women-made pornography, Jill Bakehorn 52. Pleasure for Sale: Feminist sex stores, Alison Better Part 8: Sexual Regulation and Inequality Introduction 53. Sexuality, State, and Nation, Jyoti Puri 54. Children’s Sexual Citizenship, Kerry H. Robinson 55. One is not Born a Bride: How weddings regulate heterosexuality, Chrys Ingraham 56. The marriage contract, Mary Bernstein 57. Lesbian and Gay Parents: Situated subjects, Yvette Taylor 58. Purity and Pollution: Sex as a moral discourse, Nancy Fischer 59. Christianity and the Regulation of Sexuality in the United States, Joshua Grove 60. Healing (Disorderly) Desire: Medical-therapeutic regulation of sexuality, P.J. McGann 61. Sex and Power, Kristen Barber Part 9: Sexual Politics Introduction 62. The Evolution of Same-Sex Marriage Politics in the U.S., Kathleen E. Hull 63. Gay Men and Lesbians in the Netherlands. Gert Hekma and Jan Willem Duyvendak 64. Queering the Sexual and Racial Politics of Urban Revitalization, Donovan Lessard 65. Transgender Biopolitics in the U.S.: Regulating Gender through a Heteronormative Lens, Jody Ahlm 66. Politics of Sex Education, Janice M. Irvine 67. The Pro-Family Movement, Tina Fetner 68. Iran’s Sexual Revolution, Pardis Mahdavi 69. War and the Politics of Sexual Violence, Margarita Palacios and Silvia Posocco Part 10: Global and Transnational Sexualities Introduction 70. Mexican Immigrants, Heterosexual Sex and Loving Relationships in the United States: Interview with Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez 71. Uganda’s anti-Homosexuality Bill: Reflections from a transnational frame, Marcia Oliver 72. Foreign-F Females: Debating women’s transnational sexualities in China, James Farrer 73. Condoms in the Global Economy, Peter Chua 74. Sexual Tourism: Interview with Julia O’Connell Davidson 75. Migrant Sex Work and Trafficking: Sorting them out, Laura Agustin 76. The Public and Hidden Sexualities of Filipina Women in Lebano, Hayeon Lee

About the Editors

Nancy L. Fischer is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In 2009, she chaired the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities. In 2013, she edited a special section of The Sociological Quarterly on Critical Heterosexuality Studies. Besides sexuality, her research interests include a project on the US secondhand and vintage clothing industry.

Steven Seidman is a Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany (SUNY) and world renowned in the field of sexuality studies. He has authored many books, including Romantic Longings (Routledge), Embattled Eros (Routledge), Beyond the Closet (Routledge), The Social Construction of Sexuality (Norton), and, recently, Intimacies (Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies