1st Edition

Origins of Sexuality and Homosexuality

By Steven M Kates, Michael Shively Copyright 1985
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    This well-documented book highlights some of the theories of bisexual and homosexual identities and their conceptual bases in cultural history, moral philosophy, biology, and social psychology. Some of the most respected minds in the field of human sexuality challenge traditional views on homosexuality and question the moral principles implicit in many existing psychiatric and psychological theories.

    Contents Foreword
    • Introduction
    • From Sexual Identity to Sexual Relationships: A Contextual Shift
    • The Historical Context
    • Vices, Gods, and Virtues: Cosmology as a Mediating Factor in Attitudes Toward Male Homosexuality
    • The Bisexual Context
    • The Bisexual Identity: An Idea Without Social Recognition
    • Freud Reconsidered: Bisexuality, Homosexuality, and Moral Judgement
    • The Homosexual Context
    • The Dilemma of Essentiality in Homosexual Theory
    • Homosexual Identity Formation as a Developmental Process
    • Homosexual Identity: A Concept in Need of Definition
    • Research on Sexual Orientation: Definitions and Methods
    • The Biological Context
    • Human Sexuality in Biological Perspective: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
    • Sexual Orientation, Sociobiology, and Evolution
    • Index


    John P. De Cecco, Michael G. Shively