Social Psychology and Human Sexuality

Key Readings

Edited by Roy F. Baumeister

© 2001 – Psychology Press

368 pages | 6 Color Illus.

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About the Book

In spite of its central importance in human relationships, the study of sexuality has been somewhat neglected by social psychologists. This reader brings together a fascinating selection of articles which examine sex as a social phenomenon: as a group of behavior patterns that people engage in together, under the influence of social pressures, and indeed as ways that people relate to each other.

Table of Contents

R. Baumeister, Social Psychology, Social Exchange, and Sexuality. Part I: Gender and Sexual Behavior. M. Oliver & J. Hyde, Gender Differences in Sexuality: A Meta-analysis. R. Clark & E. Hatfield, Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Offers. Part 2: Nature and Culture. D. Buss & D. Schmitt, Sexual Strategies Theory: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating. R. Baumeister, Gender Differences in Erotic Plasticity: The Female Sex Drive as Socially Flexible and Responsive. Part 3: Virginity. S. Sprecher, A. Barbee, & P. Schwartz, "Was it Good for You, Too?": Gender Differences in First Sexual Experiences. Part 4: Sex and the Peer Group. J. Billy & J. Udry, Patterns of Adolescent Friendship and Effects on Sexual Behavior. E. Maticka-Tyndale, E. Herold, & D. Mewhinney, Casual Sex on Spring Break: Intentions and Behaviors of Canadian Students. Part 5: Homosexuality and Homophobia. D. Bem, Exotic Becomes Erotic: A Developmental Theory of Sexual Orientation. H. Adams, L. Wright, & B. Lohr, Is Homophobia Associated with Homosexual Arousal? Part 6: Rape and Harassment. C. Palmer, Twelve Reasons Why Rape is Not Sexually Motivated: A Skeptical Examination. E. Kanin, Date Rapists: Differential Sexual Socialization and Relative Deprivation. C. Meyer & S. Taylor, Adjustment to Rape. J. Bargh, P. Raymond, J. Pryor, & F. Strack, Attractiveness of the Underling: An Automatic Power Sex Association and its Consequences for Sexual Harassment and Aggression. Part 7: Infidelity. D. Buss, R. Larsen, D. Western, & J. Semmelroth, Sex Differences in Jealousy: Evolution, Physiology, and Psychology. G. Hansen, Extradyadic Relations during Courtship. Part 8: Paraphilias. R. Baumeister, Masochism as Escape from Self. Part 9: Pornography and Desire. W. Fisher & D. Byrne, Sex Differences in Response to Erotica: Love versus L

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY031000
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology