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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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
Chapter Four – ‘Counting’ for equality: Youth, class and sexual citizenship
Chapter Five – The Normative Account: Sexual Experiences and Constructions of Masculinity among Young Moroccan Men in Europe
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?
Chapter Eight - Challenges in reflexive research into loneliness and isolation in older lesbians
Chapter Nine – Reading texts and their silences: Sexuality and the autobiographical method
Chapter Ten – Intimate partner violence in lesbian relationships: an interactional-structural analysis
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
Chapter Thirteen - Transgendered offenders within the prison estate: A comparative analysis of penal policy
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
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