4th Edition


ISBN 9781138022898
Published September 27, 2016 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

The new edition of Sexuality displays the qualities which have made this book a key text for understanding human sexuality. Jeffrey Weeks blends deep empirical knowledge with theoretical sophistication and a sensitivity to the politics of sexuality. Framing and shaping the analysis is an acute understanding of the world-wide changes that are remaking sexuality and gender, dramatized by the globalization of sex and the rise and rise of cybersex. These changes have opened unprecedented opportunities for sexual interaction and sexual choice, but also posed new sexual dangers and anxiety. Debates about the regulation and control of sexuality, and the intersection of various dimensions of power and domination are contextualised by a sustained argument about the importance of agency in remaking sexual and intimate life, above all for women and for LGBTQ people. Particular attention is given to the debates about same-sex marriage which symbolize the transformations that have taken place. These controversies in turn feed into debates about intimate citizenship and human sexual rights in a rapidly changing world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Languages of Sex

1.1. The Significance of Sexuality

1.2. Words and Meaning

1.3. Sexualities in History and Society

2. The Invention of Sexuality

2.1. A Brief History of the History of Sexuality

2.2. A Subject in Constant Flux

2.3. The ‘Social Construction’ of Sexuality

2.4. The Organization of Sexuality

2.5. Kinship and Family Systems

2.6. Economic and Social Organization

2.7. Social Regulation

2.8. Politics

2.9. Cultures of Resistance

2.10. Why Sexuality is Important

2.11. Moral Concern

2.12. Key Moments

2.13. The Homosexual Category and New Binaries

2.14. Sexuality as the Truth of our Being

2.15. Intersections

2.16. Sexuality and Power

2.17. Conflicting Dynamics

2.18. Class

2.19. Gender

2.20. Race

3. The Meanings of Sexual Difference

3.1. A True Sex?

3.2. The Biological Imperative

3.3. Evolutionary Diversions

3.4. Biological Modes of Argument

3.5. Sexuality and Social Relations

3.6. Multiple Realities and Diverse Social Worlds

3.7. Performing Identities

3.8. Sexuality and the Unconscious

3.9. Affect, and the Structuring of Emotions

3.10. Phobias and Norms

4. The Challenge of Diversity

4.1. The Language of Perversity

4.2. Two Words

4.3. The Perverse

4.4. Freud and Perversions

4.5. Categorizing Sexualities

4.6. The Discourse of Diversity

4.7. Theoretical Challenges

4.8. Sexual Minorities

4.9. Same-sex Identities

4.10. Finding Voice

4.11. Queering the Pitch

4.12. Deconstructing the Categories

4.13. Acts and Context

4.14. Heterosexuality and its Discontents

4.15. Bisexuality

4.16. The Transgender Challenge

4.17. The Play of Power: BDSM

4.18. The Limits of Consent: Paedophilia

4.19. Making Choices

5. Sexuality, Intimacy and Politics

5.1. Sexuality on the Front Line

5.2. Sexuality as a Battleground

5.3. Nostalgic Longings

5.4. Beyond Tradition

5.5. Secularization

5.6. Individualization

5.7. Liberalization and the Growth of Sexual Toleration

5.8. Cybersex

5.9. The Technological Fix

5.10. Relationality and the Intimate Revolution

5.11. Living with Uncertainty: HIV/AIDS

5.12. Moral Panics

5.13. Epidemic

5.14. The Global Impact of HIV/ AIDS

5.15. Sexual and Intimate Citizenship

5.16. Intimacy Matters

5.17. Citizenship and Belonging

5.18. Same Sex Marriage

5.19. Globalization and Human Sexual Rights

5.20. Global Flows

5.21. Sexual Wrongs and Social Justice

5.22. Human Sexual Rights

6. Private Pleasures and Public Policies

6.1. The Limits of Science

6.2. The Ethical Dilemma

6.3. Towards Sexual Democracy

6.4. The Human Gesture

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Jeffrey Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University.