Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader

Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader

by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust
     
 
For years bisexuality was considered merely a transitional stage between a person's presumed heterosexuality and "true" homosexuality, or vice versa, and was thereby regarded with suspicion by the lesbian and gay community and contempt by the "straight" world. The study and understanding of bisexuality has surpassed the stereotyped representations of

Overview

For years bisexuality was considered merely a transitional stage between a person's presumed heterosexuality and "true" homosexuality, or vice versa, and was thereby regarded with suspicion by the lesbian and gay community and contempt by the "straight" world. The study and understanding of bisexuality has surpassed the stereotyped representations of previous eras (e.g., Basic Instinct), but few books attempt to seriously engage the subject as a whole. Paula Rust at last rectifies this absence in the literature by presenting the first interdisciplinary and comprehensive review of social scientific research and theory about bisexuality.

With contributions by sociologists, psychologists, historians, political theorists, and others, the book yields an overall picture of what we know, and what we don't know, about the subject. The book provides a wealth of information about the lives and experiences of bisexual people. Articles range from pioneering scholarship on bisexuality to a history of "situational homosexuality" and "married gays and lesbians," from examinations of bisexuality in the context of AIDS research to a discussion of "bisexual chic" and biphobia. Selections include theoretical and empirical studies from social science perspectives as well as popular writings about the growth of the bisexual movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sex Research
Rust's work stands as a test to methodological detail and inquiry . . . With an unusual interdisciplinary perspective to the study of bisexuality, a balance between research and sexual politics, and a commitment to addressing the question of intersectionality, Bisexuality in the United States will prove to be an excellent reader for students, teachers, and researchers alike.
Booknews
This reference or text for college use presents reprints of theoretical and empirical articles, including examples of each of the major genres of research on bisexuality, arranged chronologically to illustrate the development of research on the subject. Some of the articles (30 in all) are easily understood by the nontechnical reader; others use technical jargon or advanced statistical analysis. Editor Rodri<'i>guez-Rust (SUNY, Geneseo) introduces each of nine sections with an essay discussing the historical and scientific context of various themes. An extensive bibliography covers literature on bisexuality in the US from before 1970 through 1999. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sexualities

A comprehensive discussion of the role of bisexuality in the history of sex research in the United States dating before 1970 through to 1999.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231102261
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Series:
Between Men - between Women Series
Pages:
682
Product dimensions:
7.15(w) x 10.28(h) x 1.59(d)

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Meet the Author

Paula Rust is associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Geneseo. She is the author of Bisexuality and the Challenge to Lesbian Politics: Sex, Loyalty, and Revolution and numerous journal articles and presentations about bisexuality.

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