Introducing the New Sexuality Studies: 2nd Edition


Breaking new ground, both substantively and stylistically, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies offers students, academics, and researchers an accessible, engaging introduction and overview of this emerging field. The central premise of the volume is to explore the social character of sexuality, the role of social differences such as race or nationality in creating sexual variation, and the ways sex is entangled in relations of power and inequality. Through this novel approach the field of sexuality is therefore considered, for the first time, in multicultural, global, and comparative terms and from a truly social perspective.

This important volume has been built around a collection of newly commissioned articles, essays and interviews with leading scholars, consisting of: over 50 short and original essays on the key topics and themes in sexuality studies; interviews with twelve leading scholars in the field which convey some of the most innovative work being done.

Each contribution is original and conveys the latest thinking and research in writing that is clear and that uses examples to illustrate key points. Introducing the New Sexuality Studies will be an invaluable resource to all those with an interest in sexuality studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136818103
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 572
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Seidman is a Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. His books include Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830-1980 (Routledge, 1991), Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in America (Routledge, 1992), Beyond the Closet (Routledge, 2002), and The Social Construction of Sexuality (W. W. Norton & Co, 2003).

Nancy Fischer is an Associate Professor of Sociology, and the Director of Metro-Urban Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a former chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities. She has written about incest, urban sustainability, and is currently working on a project on the social meaning of second hand and vintage clothing.

Chet Meeks was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a queer theorist and taught courses in Sociology of Sexuality and Social Theory at Georgia State (and previously at Northern Illinois University). His published works include ‘Civil Society and the Sexual Politics of Difference’ published in Sociological Theory, as well as the co-edited Handbook of New Sexuality Studies (Routledge, 2006). He passed away in 2008.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     x
General introduction     xi
Sex as a social fact     1
Theoretical perspectives   Steven Seidman     3
The social construction of sexuality   Jeffrey Weeks     14
Surveying sex   Edward Laumann     21
Sexual meanings     27
Sex and the family: the power of ideology   Maureen Sullivan     29
Romantic love   Eva Illouz     36
Sexual pleasure   Kelly James     45
Purity and pollution: sex as a moral discourse   Nancy L. Fischer     51
Sex and power   Kristen Barber     59
Gay and straight rites of passage   Chet Meeks     64
Coming out in Italy   Cirus Rinaldi   Claudia Cappotto     72
Sexual bodies and behaviors     79
Medicine and the making of a sexual body   Celia Roberts     81
Sexualizing Asian male bodies   Travis S. K. Kong     90
Sex and the senior woman   Meika Loe     96
Polishing the pearl: discoveries of the clitoris   Lisa Jean Moore     102
Orgasm   Juliet Richters     107
Anal sex: phallic and other meanings   Simon Hardy     114
Sexual intercourse   Kerwin Kaye     121
Viagra and the coital imperative   Nicola Gavey     127
Sexual identities     133
Straight men   James J. Dean     135
Lesbians   Tamsin Wilton     143
The disappearance of the homosexual   Henning Beck     151
The bisexual menace revisited: or, shaking up social categories is hard to do   Kristin G. Esterberg     157
Bisexualities in America   Paula C. Rodriguez Rust     164
Transgendering: challenging the "normal"   Kimberly Tauches     173
Transsexual, transgender, and queer   Viviane Namaste     180
Multiple identities: race, class, and gender in lesbian and gay affirming Protestant congregations   Krista McQueeney     188
Sexual institutions and sexual commerce     251
One is not born a bride: how weddings regulate heterosexuality   Chrys Ingraham     197
Change and continuity in American marriage   Erica Hunter     202
Shopping for love: online dating and the making of a cyber culture of romance   Sophia DeMasi     208
Conflicts at the tubs: bathhouses and gay culture and politics in the United States   Jason Hendrickson     217
Sexual tourism   Julia O'Connell Davidson     224
Sex sells, but what else does it do? The American porn industry   Chris Pappas     232
Sex workers   Wendy Chapkis     239
Condoms in the global economy   Peter Chua     246
Sexual cultures     251
The body, disability, and sexuality   Thomas J. Gerschick     253
Internet sex: the seductive "freedom to"   Dennis D. Waskul     262
Gay men dancing: circuit parties   Russell Westhaver     271
The time of the sadomasochist: hunting with(in) the "tribus"   Darren Langdridge     280
Sex and young Japanese heterosexual men   Genaro Castro-Vazquez     288
Sex and rock 'n' roll   Mimi Schippers     294
Secret sex and the down low brotherhood   Justin Luc Hoy     299
Wait...hip hop sexualities   Thomas F. DeFrantz     303
Feederism: a new sexual pleasure and subculture   Dina Giovanelli   Natalie M. Peluso     309
Sexual regulation and inequality     315
Sexuality, state, and nation   Jyoti Puri     317
The sexual rights of women and homosexuals in Iran   Hamid Parnian     325
The marriage contract   Mary Bernstein     330
Popular culture constructs sexuality   Joshua Gamson     337
Christianity and the regulation of sexuality in the United States   Joshua Grove     342
Law and the regulation of the obscene   Phoebe Christina Godfrey     349
Schools and the social control of sexuality   Melinda S. Miceli     357
Healing (disorderly) desire: medical-therapeutic regulation of sexuality   P.J. McGann     365
Therapeutic institutions   Christopher Grant Kelly     377
Gender and the organization of heterosexual intimacy   Daniel Santore     382
Sexual politics in intimate relationships: sexual coercion and harassment   Lisa K. Waldner     388
Sexual and racial violence and American masculinity   Evelyn A. Clark     396
Sexual politics     403
Gay marriage. Why now? Why at all?   Reese Kelly     405
Gay men and lesbians in the Netherlands   Gert Hekma   Jan Willem Duyvendak     411
Queering the family   Mary C. Burke   Kristine A. Olsen      416
The pro-family movement   Tina Fetner     423
Covenant marriage: reflexivity and retrenchment in the politics of intimacy   Dwight Fee     430
The politics of AIDS: sexual pleasure and danger   Jennifer Gunsaullus     437
The US Supreme Court and the politics of gay and lesbian rights   Gregory Maddox     444
Gender and sexual politics: American gay rights and feminist movements   Megan Murphy     454
Politics of sex education   Janice M. Irvine     459
Sex workers' rights movements   Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo     465
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