The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

by Robert T. Francoeur
     
 

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This volume is an essential supplement to the most ambitious and comprehensive cross-cultural sex survey ever undertaken, in any language or any part of the world. The four volumes of The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality now summarize the sexual behavior patterns of 50 countries.Written by 60 leading sexologists and experts in the respective countries and

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This volume is an essential supplement to the most ambitious and comprehensive cross-cultural sex survey ever undertaken, in any language or any part of the world. The four volumes of The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality now summarize the sexual behavior patterns of 50 countries.Written by 60 leading sexologists and experts in the respective countries and cultures, each lengthy entry of Volume 4 explores areas such as heterosexual relationships, children, adolescents, adults, gender-conflicted persons, unconventional sexual patterns, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, sexual dysfunctions, and therapies. It also includes discussions of sexual issues for older persons as well as physically and mentally challenged individuals. The new countries covered include: Austria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, and Vietnam. As noted, the work also presents significant updates, by some 20 specialists, of the countries covered in Volumes 1 through 3--originally published in 1997--which take readers into the new millennium.This eagerly awaited Volume 4 to The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality makes this entire set an even more indispensable reference work for sexologists, psychotherapists, anthropologists, and anyone involved in cross-cultural studies.

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Library Journal
Rather than serving to showcase the interests of individual contributors, this set offers uniform entries covering issues of sexuality by country. Francoeur, the editor of several sexological references, has clearly done his research: all of the entries closely follow a 14-point outline covering such topics as gender roles, religious and ethnic factors, autoerotic and interpersonal behaviors, contraception and abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and other pertinent topics. An adequate topical index is included. The main failing of the volume is in the selection of countries to be covered, for which no rationale is given. English-speaking countries are overly represented; the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and South Africa are all here. Beyond that, the choice of countries seems arbitrary: why Bahrain but not Saudi Arabia? Why not France or Italy? Why Puerto Rico but not Haiti or Cuba? The spotty coverage is bound to disappoint many. Recommended only for large research libraries.Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826408402
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1997

Meet the Author

Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Professor Emeritus of Human Sexuality and Embryology, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author or editor of many books, including a study of Pierre Teihard de Chardin, The Scent of Eros, and (as co-editor), The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.

Dr. Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., specializes in the areas of sex in outer space, the use of surrogates in sex therapy, sex and the future of the Internet, and the issue of sex negativity in U.S. culture. He produces the Web site SexQuest.com and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

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