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Sex Research and Sex Therapy

A Sociological Analysis of Masters and Johnson, 1st Edition

By Ross Morrow


212 pages

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Gynaecologist William Howell Masters and psychologist Virginia Eshelman Johnson pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions from 1957 until the 1990s. This book examines their influential scientific sex research and its groundbreaking implications for sex therapy and the study of human sexuality.

Until now, these developments have been largely ignored in sociology. The book illuminates how Masters and Johnson have constructed their apparently scientific ideas about sexual function and dysfunction with reference to dominant Western discourses about sexuality. In addition, the book will explore some of the wider theoretical, conceptual and historical issues relating to the study of human sexuality. These will include a critical evaluation of conventional accounts of the history of the sociology of sex, particularly in the United States, major theoretical frameworks used in the study and understanding of human sexuality, and some of the key concepts underpinning sex research and sex therapy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Sociology of Sex in Historical Perspective 3. Theoretical Perspectives on Sexuality 4. Masters and Johnson’s Research on Human Sexual Response 5. A Critique of Masters and Johnson’s Model of the Human Sexual Response Cycle 6. A Critique of Masters and Johnson’s Concept and Classification of Sexual Dysfunction 7. A Critique of Masters and Johnson’s Sex Therapy Program 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Ross Morrow has a PhD in sociology from the University of New England, NSW. He has published both nationally and internationally in the fields of sociology, social theory and human sexuality. He currently teaches social theory at the University of Sydney, and social science at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General