It can be said that societies today know little of how gender, sexuality and love interconnect in dissimilar contexts, and how they are collectively shaped by social structures.
Underpinned by the theoretical writings of Michel Foucault, Masculinities, Sexualities and Love examines a range of empirical data, including interviews with gay and bisexual men, to understand the ways in which love is constructed and conceptualized. Clearly written, the book is grounded in personal narratives and intimate stories of love, hurt, pain and heartbreak, including the author’s own experiences; and analysed using theoretical frameworks such as hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and post-structuralism. Furthermore, the reader will also find insightful discourse analysis of popular films, such as Fifty Shades of Grey and The Girl on the Train, to examine the construction of love through film.
Forming a timely intervention, Masculinities, Sexualities and Love offers a fresh perspective on the sociology of love and will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies and Sociology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Making Love
Chapter 1: Historical, Social, and Cultural Perspectives of Love: Love as a Global Phenomenon
Chapter 2: Men, Masculinities, and Love: A Contradiction in Terms?
Chapter 3: Sexualities and Love: Doing Sex and Making Love
Chapter 4: Reflexivity and Love: Even Sociologists Fall in Love, Right?
Chapter 5: What is Love?
Chapter 6: Gender, Love, and Loss: the ‘Happily Ever After’?
Chapter 7: Doing Sex, Doing Sexuality—or just Simply Fuckin’?
Conclusion: The Futures of Masculinities, Sexualities, and Love
Dr Aliraza Javaid is a gender and sexuality theorist and writer. He has a BSc (Hons) in Criminology, an MSc in Clinical Criminology, an MRes in Social Sciences, and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy.