Insider's View Of Sexual Science Since Kinsey / Edition 1

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Overview

In a personal, nontechnical, and informal style, eminent researcher Ira L. Reiss discusses the many situations he has encountered during the past fifty years while researching sexuality and developing useful and innovative explanations of its different aspects. Most of the problems that were present during those years are still confronting those who work on human sexuality. Reiss discusses his experiences in sexual science in areas such as premarital sex, the sexual revolution, Masters and Johnson's therapy, feminism and sexuality, crises in sexual organizations, responses to HIV/AIDS, child and adolescent sexuality, radical social constructionism, biology versus sexual science, international trends, and the movement toward a Ph.D. in sexual science. The insights and solutions Reiss proposes are of great importance to all those who are interested in the sexual issues that affect people today.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This informative and entertaining book is a must read for those who will now contribute to and shape the sexual science landscape. Essential.
Vern L. Bullough
Ira Reiss is one of the pioneers of modern sex research and one of the few survivors who has personally known almost all the leaders of the field since the time of Kinsey. He has also been a major contributor to sex research itself. In terms of human sexuality Reiss has been there and done that, and his book is a must-read for newcomers in the field. It will also prove invaluable to those who are veterans in the field because of his personal knowledge of the changes that have occurred. I highly recommend it.
John Bancroft
Ira Reiss has been in the forefront of sex research for most of the time since Kinsey. Even now, well into his retirement, he continues an energetic involvement with a strong commitment to strengthen the field of sexual science. It is great to have his experiences as a sex researcher and his perspectives on the field documented in this book. It should be required reading for anyone aspiring to be a sex researcher.
Paul Gebhard
Ira Reiss is the ideal social scientist to speak of the past half century of sex research, for he bridged the span from pioneers such as Kinsey to the complex situation of the present and is familiar with virtually every important development—many of which were his. He has been a major figure in sex research, having enriched it with his cross-cultural approach, his skill in developing sex research organizations, his unusual commonsense views, and his dislike of fads and bureaucracy.
Milton Diamond
It is rare that any scientist explores and reviews his life work in print. In a highly personal and easily readable conversational tone, deservedly well-respected sociologist Ira Reiss does just that. For the budding scientist, as for the casual reader, this review of thought and action over a professional career provides insight into aspects of the developing field of sexology as they appeared to this involved critical observer. Of particular value for the scholastically minded is how Reiss challenged assumptions and demanded proof of otherwise unquestioned beliefs to strengthen his theory formation. Not only recall memory but regular journal entries, names, and dates are used to flush out the early years in which sociology joined other disciplines like medicine, biology, psychology and public health in forming and enhancing the field we today recognize as sexology. Reiss explores all this and adds a good touch of ethical, philosophical, and political considerations in this lasting contribution.
Frank Farley
A professional and scientific history, personal memoir, and up-to-the-minute analysis of the field of sexual science by one of the truly great sexologists. Brilliant, wide-ranging, highly original, and completely engaging. I couldn't put it down! The most important book about sexual science in memory.
Edward O. Laumann
In this capstone volume to Ira Reiss' life's work, he writes an engaging, candid, and informed account of his struggles to advance sexual science in the face of strong and, at times, intransigent opposition. People who sympathize with his vision will find many interesting stories and insights with which to carry the work forward.
CHOICE
This informative and entertaining book is a must read for those who will now contribute to and shape the sexual science landscape. Essential.
September 2010 Journal Of The History Of Sexuality
Reiss allows readers a glimpse into the personal and professional experiences that shaped his own views on sexuality….This is a thought-provoking volume, Reiss effectively demonstrates the important contributions that he and other sexual scholars made to national and international policies such as that concerning HIV/AIDS, highlighting the significance of academic research and writing that extends beyond the university. Anyone interested in the history of medicine, science , or the academy as well as sexual studies would fin much of use in this book.
September 2010 Journal of the History of Sexuality
Reiss allows readers a glimpse into the personal and professional experiences that shaped his own views on sexuality….This is a thought-provoking volume, Reiss effectively demonstrates the important contributions that he and other sexual scholars made to national and international policies such as that concerning HIV/AIDS, highlighting the significance of academic research and writing that extends beyond the university. Anyone interested in the history of medicine, science , or the academy as well as sexual studies would fin much of use in this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546530
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,244,417
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira L. Reiss is professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. He has received several awards for his work and research on human sexuality, including the Kinsey Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, of which he is past president.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Before My Ph.D. Chapter 2 The Anti-Sex Bias of the 1950s Chapter 3 What Is This Thing Called Science? Chapter 4 Sexual Revolution and Sexual Organizations Chapter 5 New Approaches to Sexuality Chapter 6 Building Explanations of Sexuality Chapter 7 Some Clashes of Science, Politics, and Values Chapter 8 An Insider View of A Major Crisis in SSSS Chapter 9 Exploring Therapy and HIV/AIDS Chapter 10 Building a Cross-Cultural Explanation of Sexuality Chapter 11 Can Sexual Science Really Help with Societal Problems? Chapter 12 New Projects and a New Life Agenda Chapter 13 Problem Areas in Sexual Science Today Chapter 14 Building A Ph.D. In Sexual Science Chapter 15 To The Next Generation of Sexual Scientists
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    An Insider's View of Sexual Science

    This book is an informal, non technical account of my fifty plus years in sexual science. I comment on the wide range of controversial situations and people that I've encountered over the years. I present the story of my experiences and discuss the sexual science issues still relevant today in social science, therapy, biology, psychology, sexual organizations, politics, public health crises, radical social constructionism, international trends in attitudes and behaviors, the movement toward a PhD in sexual science and more. I present my evaluations and suggestions concerning these areas and the future of sexual science. The key audiences for this book are those people in any profession whose work involves them with issues concerning human sexuality as well as anyone with a serious interest in understanding more about sexual science.

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