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Long Slow Burn: Sexuality and Social Science

Long Slow Burn: Sexuality and Social Science

by Kath Weston
     
 

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Kath Weston's powerful collection of essays, Long, Slow Burn, challenges the preconception that queer studies is the brainchild of the humanities and argues that social science has been talking about sex all along. To deny this one would have to overlook Kinsey's pioneering sex research in the 1950s, or the psychiatrist Evelyn Hooker's pathbreaking

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Kath Weston's powerful collection of essays, Long, Slow Burn, challenges the preconception that queer studies is the brainchild of the humanities and argues that social science has been talking about sex all along. To deny this one would have to overlook Kinsey's pioneering sex research in the 1950s, or the psychiatrist Evelyn Hooker's pathbreaking study of homosexuality, but also in the "sex talk" that lies at the heart of classic debates on kinship, inequality, cognition, and other foundational topics in the social sciences. What is different now, Weston claims, is the way sexuality has been isolated from other contemporary issues. Not content with its ghettoization as a contained subfield, Weston refuses to draw an artificial line around sexuality.

Editorial Reviews

Lesbian Review of Books
Weston has compiled a set of stimulating essays...she writes fluidly, wittily and intelligently...
Lambda Book Report
...highly readable....This is an exceptionally good read, even for the academically uninitiated and the theoretically wary.
Library Journal
Weston (Render Me, Gender Me, LJ 2/1/97) argues that despite the recent growth in gay and lesbian studies departments, sexuality is not a new topic for social science. She also suggests that sexuality should not be a ghettoized area of study but rather should be considered in relation to work, migration, family, and all the other core topics that concern social scientists. This collection includes essays published between 1984 and 1997. In each, Weston studies lesbians and gay men in relation to broad social science topics. In one, she explores the gay migration to San Francisco, in others she considers ideas about kinship, chosen families, class conflict, and work. She closes with a piece describing the struggle to study gays and lesbians and still be considered a real anthropologist. Appropriate for advanced undergraduates and graduate-level students, this is recommended for large academic libraries.--Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135208820
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/13/2013
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Pages:
224
File size:
403 KB

What People are saying about this

Lauren Berlant
Every sentence of "Long Slow Burn" burns in effigy the sanitized vision of the social sciences that relagates sexuality to the realm beneath 'legitimate' knowledge.
John Comaroff
Wonderfully written, it is a work of consummate grace, critical acuity, persuasive power.... it provokes us -- profoundly, brilliantly -- to think anew about the location of sexuality in the social sciences. And in the world at large. -- University of Chicago

Meet the Author

Kath Weston is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University West. She is the author of Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship (1991) and Render Me, Gender Me: Lesbians Talk Sex, Class, Color, Nation, Studmuffins... (1996).

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