1st Edition

Sexualities Research Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies, and Practical Applications

Edited By Andrew King, Ana Cristina Santos, Isabel Crowhurst Copyright 2017
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    How is sexuality studied methodologically? How are we innovating, methodologically, in the study of sexuality? What impact, if any, has the increase in mixed methodologies had on the study of sexuality?

    Sexualities Research brings together original contributions by emerging and world-leading scholars of sexuality. Through this volume the authors seek to address how theoretical and methodological choices enable wider dissemination and social impact of sexualities research. Indeed, covering a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies to provide important new insights into human sexuality, the chapters cover an array of topics from the experience of researching sexuality, to using theories in new and innovative ways. With an international scope, Sexualities Research also builds on the re-emergence of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network and asks important questions about the study of sexuality in contemporary societies against the background of political upheaval and economic troubles. Certainly, this collection shows the importance and vitality of sociological understandings of human sexuality in the twenty-first century.

    An enlightening volume consisting of a variety of case studies and theoretical research, Sexualities Research will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers who are interested in fields such as Sociology, LGBT/Queer Studies and Gender Studies.

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    List of contributors

    Chapter One – Introduction

    Andrew King, Ana Cristina Santos and Isabel Crowhurst

    Part I – Critical Interjections

    Chapter Two – Materialism, micropolitics and the sexuality-assemblages of young men

    Pam Alldred and Nick Fox

    Chapter Three – Ordinary Sexuality

    Brian Heaphy

    Chapter Four – ‘Counting’ for equality: Youth, class and sexual citizenship

    Elizabeth McDermott

    Chapter Five – The Normative Account: Sexual Experiences and Constructions of Masculinity among Young Moroccan Men in Europe

    Vulca Fidolini

    Chapter Six – Practice Theory and Interactionism: an integrative approach to the sociology of everyday sexuality?

    Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott

    Part II – Critical Methodologies

    Chapter Seven – Making Space at the (Queer) Academic Table?

    Yvette Taylor

    Chapter Eight - Challenges in reflexive research into loneliness and isolation in older lesbians

    Jill Wilkens

    Chapter Nine – Reading texts and their silences: Sexuality and the autobiographical method

    Roma Dey

    Chapter Ten – Intimate partner violence in lesbian relationships: an interactional-structural analysis

    Alžběta Možíšová

    Chapter Eleven – "Inside/out": researching young adults’ sexuality in a(n) (un)familiar space. A reflexive approach

    Ana Cristina Marques

    Part III – Critical Practices

    Chapter Twelve - Uncomfortable bargains? Networking between local authorities and LGBT associations in the context of neoliberalism

    Beatrice Gusmano

    Chapter Thirteen - Transgendered offenders within the prison estate: A comparative analysis of penal policy

    Joanna Jamel

    Chapter Fourteen - Conducting Sex Work Research in a Politically Contentious Climate: Lessons from Ireland

    Paul Ryan and Susann Huschke

    Chapter Fifteen - Medicalized virilism under scrutiny: expert knowledge on male sexual health in Italy

    Raffaella Ferrero Camoletto and Chiara Bertone

    Chapter Sixteen - Challenging the use of heteronormative categories in childlessness studies

    Gerardo Zamora



    Andrew King is a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK

    Ana Cristina Santos is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal

    Isabel Crowhurst is a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Essex, UK

    With this wide-ranging collection of essays, European sociological research on sexualities can be said to have come of age. Representing the work of both established and early career scholars, the book both offers an important overview of the key concerns and approaches within the field, and advances our understanding of the complex realities of sexual relationships and identities in contemporary Europe.

    Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology and Executive Dean (Social Sciences, University of Essex

    This book presents a fascinating and eclectic range of topics related to the sociology of sexuality, which demonstrates a rich seam of theoretical, methodological and applied approaches variously utilised by sexualities researchers. It represents the vitality of established and emerging sexualities scholarship across Europe, importantly interwoven with the wider contemporary socio-political contexts in which sexualities research is situated.

    Kathryn Almack, Professor, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, UK