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Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights

ISBN 9780415537001
Published February 3, 2012 by Routledge
512 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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The last two decades have witnessed an explosion of research on sexuality as the social sciences have worked to find new ways of understanding a rapidly changing world. Growing concern for issues such as population, women's and men's reproductive health, and the HIV and AIDS pandemic, has since provided new legitimacy for work on sexuality, health and rights.

A detailed and up-to-date reference work, the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights provides an authoritative overview of the main issues in the field today. Leading academics and practitioners are brought together to reflect on past, present and future approaches to understanding and promoting sexual health and rights. Divided into nine parts, it covers:

  • pioneering beginnings
  • language, discourse and sexual categories
  • from sexuality to health
  • the reproductive imperative
  • how to have sex in an epidemic
  • the choreography of sex
  • the darker side of sex
  • from sexual health to sexual rights
  • struggles for erotic justice.

This Handbook surveys the state of the discipline and offers an examination and discussion of emerging, controversial and cutting edge areas. It is an essential reference for academics and researchers in the fields of sexuality studies, sexual health and human rights, and offers key reading for more advanced students.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction / Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker Section I: Pioneering Beginnings 2. Margaret Sanger: her legacy reconsidered / Ellen Chesler 3. Anthropological foundations of sexuality, health and rights / Gilbert Herdt 4. The importance of being historical: understanding the making of sexualities / Jeffrey Weeks 5. Research innovation: Alfred C. Kinsey’s legacy, and the Kinsey Institute for research in sex, gender and reproduction / Julia R. Heiman 6. The social reality of sexual rights / Ken Plummer 7. Recent developments in US sexuality research / Diane di Mauro Section II: Language, Discourse and Sexual Categories 8. ‘Lesbians’, modernity and global translation: female sexualities in Indonesia / Evelyn Blackwood 9. Hidden Love: sexual ideologies and relationship ideals in rural South Africa / Abigail Harrison 10. Thai (trans)genders and (homo)sexualities in a global context / Peter A. Jackson 11. Hijras, ‘AIDS cosmopolitanism’ and questions of izzat in Hyderabad / Gayatri Reddy 12. Intersexuality, bio-medical regulation and sexual rights in Brazil / Paula Machado 13. Understanding sex between men in Senegal: beyond current linguistic and discursive categories / Cheikh Ibrahima Niang Section III: Reproductive and Sexual Health 14. Why a history of childhood sexuality? / Gail L. Hawkes and R. Danielle Egan 15. From sexology to sexual health / Eli Coleman 16. Sexual and reproductive: connections and disconnections in public health / Jane Cottingham 17. Sex as ‘risk of conception’? Sexual frames within the family planning field / Jenny Higgins 18. Teenage pregnancy: from sex to social pathology / Maria Luiza Heilborn and Cristiane S. Cabral Section IV: How to have sex in an epidemic 19. Knowledge, power and HIV/AIDS: research and the global response / Carlos F. Cáceres and Kane Race 20. Safe sex: it’s not as simple as ABC / Susan Kippax 21. Exploring moralities / Dennis Altman 22. Is ‘bareback’ a useful construct in primary HIV-prevention? Definitions, identity and research / Alex Carballo-Diéguez, Ana Ventuneac, José Bauermeister, Gary W. Dowsett, Curtis Dolezal, Robert H. Remien, Iván Balán and Matthew S. Rowe 23. Sex under the influence of crystal meth; the experience of latino gay men in San Francisco / Rafael M. Diaz Section V: The Choreography of Sex 24. Stripping: the embodiment and creation of sexualised fantasy / Katherine Frank 25. Flirting, erotic interactions and sexual choreography among urban youth: hip-hop in New York City / Miguel Muñoz-Laboy and Richard Parker 26. Passionate uprisings: young people, sexuality and politics in post-revolutionary Iran / Pardis Mahdavi 27. Tourism and the body: embodiment and sexual performance among Dominican male sex workers / Mark B. Padilla 28. Dancing with daemons: desire and the improvisation of pleasure / Gary W. Dowsett 29. Sex in motion: notes on urban Brazilian sexual scenes / Veriano Terto Junior and Fernando Seffner Section VI: The Darker Side of Sex 30. Sexual and intimate partner violence: the global picture / Claudia Garcia Moreno 31. The social production of men’s extramarital sexual practices / Jennifer S. Hirsch 32. Innocence and scandal: sexuality and the mass media / Lenore Manderson 33.Engaged research on incest in Mexico / Gloria González-López 34. Brutal logic: violence, sexuality and macho myth in South African men’s prisons and beyond / Sasha Gear 35. Beyond pseudo-homosexuality: corrective rape, transactional sex and the undoing of lesbian identities in Namibia / Rob Lorway Section VII: From sexual health to sexual rights 36. Sexual education, US Federal Abstinence Policies, and young people’s right to health promotion / John S. Santelli, Rebecca Schleifer and Andrea J. Melnikas 37. Bodies and beyond: where sexual health meets sexual rights / Radhika Chandiramani 38. Political agents or vulnerable victims? Framing sexual rights as sexual health in Argentina / Mario Pecheny 39. Sexuality, Identity and citizenship in contemporary Mexico / Ana Amuchástegui and Rodrigo Parrini 40. From reproductive to sexual rights / Carmen Barroso 41. Sexual rights for young women: lessons from developing countries / Deborah L. Tolman and Sarah H. Costa Section VIII: Struggles for erotic justice 42. Reaffirming pleasures in a world of dangers / Rosalind Petchesky, Sonia Corrêa and Richard Parker 43. Law, sexual morality and subversion: urban sex work in Uganda / Sylvia Tamale 44. Being young and living with HIV: the double neglect of sexual citizenship / Vera Paiva, José Ricardo Ayres, and Sofia Gruskin 45. The ‘queer’ politics of homo(sexuality) and matters of identitiy: tentative notes in the context of HIV/AIDS / Vasu Reddy 46. Immigration and LGBT Rights in the USA: ironies and constraints in the USA asylum cases / Héctor Carrillo 47. ‘In the life’ in diaspora: autonomy/desire/community / Jafari Sinclair Allen 48. Black lesbian gender and sexual culture: celebration and resistance / Bianca D. M. Wilson

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Peter Aggleton is Professor in Education, Health and Social Care, and Head of the School of Education and Social Work, at the University of Sussex, UK. He is a Visiting Professor in the National Centre in HIV Social Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and in the Section for International Community Health at the University of Oslo, Norway. The editor of the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality, he has worked internationally on issues of sexuality, sexual health and rights.

Richard Parker is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, USA. The editor of the journal Global Public Health, and the co-convenor of Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW) (, he has worked extensively on issues of sexuality, health and rights for many years.