Technologies of Sexuality, Identity and Sexual Health

Edited by Lenore Manderson

© 2012 – Routledge

240 pages

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Hardback: 9780415673297
pub: 2012-05-16
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About the Book

Technologies of Sexuality, Identity and Sexual Health highlights the complex ways in which sexuality is expressed and enacted through local ideologies, global identities and material cultures, and their influence on people’s sexual health and well-being. Its impetus is the renewed interest in technology and the ‘social life of things,’ including pharmaceuticals, expanded sexual and related surgery, the growing exploitation of markets for sexual and contraceptive products, and the impact of these on sexual and health practices and outcomes.

Organised loosely into three parts, the opening chapters concentrate on female contraception, its availability, and the varied cultural significance attached to the ability to control its use, exploring the politics of reproductive health and birth control, and the ties between technology and power. The middle section turns its attention to men, and the impact of traditional and contemporary concerns about masculinity, and the social and sexual roles of men. The final chapters look at the commonalities across cultural borders and sexual gendered identities – how products and procedures travel, not only through the formal channels of globalisation, but also informally, carried by individuals across cultural and social boundaries through sexual, social and commercial interactions.

The volume brings together anthropologists, sociologists and cultural studies scholars, both senior and emerging, from around the globe. Offering an important and topical contribution to the developing global literature on sexuality, sexual identity, culture and health, it is of interest to researchers and advanced students in these areas.


‘Anthologies don’t get much more cutting-edge than this. Impotence in Bangladesh, penile implants in Papua New Guinea, contraceptive practices, infertility and sex-selection clinics around the world, new perspectives on transgender, and dildos in a cross-cultural perspective – this book is the place to go to see some of the most exciting research on sexuality going on today.’ – Don Kulick, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago, USA

‘Lenore Manderson and her collaborators make a vital and important contribution to the increasingly vibrant field of sexuality. The book shows how sex is a serious business in original and creative analyses of how technologies produce power. From a vast range of experience and knowledge, the chapters contribute highly innovative cultural and political studies on sexuality, sexual health and sexual and gender identity. A must read for all those engaged in the study of the body and its discontents.’ – Wendy Harcourt, Senior Lecturer, International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

1.Material Worlds, Sexy Lives: Technologies Of Sexuality, Identity And Sexual Health / Lenore Manderson 2. In Search Of Pleasure And Respect: Biomedical Contraceptive Technologies In Bahia, Brazil / Silvia De Zordo 3. Contraceptive Secrets: Body Battles Among North And West African Migrants In Paris / Carolyn Sargent And Laurence Kotobi 4. The Turn To Female-Controlled Safe Sex Technologies / Anita Hardon 5. The Re/Making Of Men And Penile Modification / Holly Buchanan, Rei Frank, Murray Couch And Angelyn Amos 6. Sex, Pornography And Medicines In The Markets Of Dhaka / Sabina Faiz Rashid, Owasim Akram And Mujibul Anam 7. Diasporic Sexuality: From Condom Ambivalence To ICSI Quests In Lebanon / Marcia Inhorn 8. Gender Disappointment And Cross-Border High Tech Sex Selection: A New Global Sex Trade / Andrea Whittaker 9. Dildos: Passionate Aesthetics And The Plasticity Of Desires / Saskia Wieringa 10. Trans Technologies And Identities In The United States / Ryan Plis And Evelyn Blackwood 11. Paradigm And Power Shifts In The Gender Clinic / Riki Lane

About the Editor

Lenore Manderson is an inaugural Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of Medical Anthropology in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, at Monash University, Australia. She was President of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (ISAACS 2001–2003), and is Editor of the international journal Medical Anthropology (2010–present).

About the Series

Sexuality, Culture and Health

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies