This comprehensive reader brings a social science perspective to an area hitherto dominated by the humanities. Through it, students will be able to follow the story of how sociology has come to engage with gay and lesbian issues from the 1950s to the present, from the earliest research on the underground worlds of gay men to the emergence of queer theory in the 1990s.
Bringing together classic readings and the best work of younger scholars from all parts of the English-speaking world, this reader will be an invaluable resource for courses at undergraduate and graduate level in all areas of the sociology of sexuality and gender. Separate sections cover:
* theoretical foundations
* identity and community making
* institutions and social change
* challenges for the future.
Each section begins with an introduction giving readers a brief guide to the readings in that section, contextualises them and relates them to one another and the book ends with an afterword by Ken Plummer summing up the present state of play and looking forward to the future.
Table of Contents. Introduction. Part One: Looking - The Sociological Baseline A. Researching Homosexualities B. Theorizing Homosexualities: The Foundations of the Constructionist Debate Part Two: Looking In - Identities and Communities A. Building Gay and Lesbian Communities B. Building Identities Part Three: Looking Out - Institutions and Social Change Introduction. A. Creating Social Movements B. Challenging Institutional Heterosexism Part Four: Looking Ahead - Challenges for Further Research Introduction. A. Globalizing Gay and Lesbian Studies B. Doing Race, Class, and Gender C. Queering the Sociological
Afterword: Ken Plummer, 'The Past, Present, and Futures of the Sociology of Same-Sex Relations'