Sexual Nature, Sexual Culture / Edition 1

Sexual Nature, Sexual Culture / Edition 1

by Paul R. Abramson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226001822

ISBN-13: 9780226001821

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this multidisciplinary study of human sexuality, an international team of scholars looks at the influences of nature and nurture, biology and culture, and sex and gender in the sexual experiences of humans and other primates.

Using as its center the idea that sexual pleasure is the primary motivational force behind human sexuality and that reproduction is simply

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In this multidisciplinary study of human sexuality, an international team of scholars looks at the influences of nature and nurture, biology and culture, and sex and gender in the sexual experiences of humans and other primates.

Using as its center the idea that sexual pleasure is the primary motivational force behind human sexuality and that reproduction is simply a byproduct of the pleasurability of sex, this book examines sexuality at the individual, societal, and cultural levels. Beginning with a look at the evolution of sexuality in humans and other primates, the essays in the first section examine the sexual ingenuity of primates, the dominant theories of sexual behavior, the differences in male and female sexual interest and behavior, and the role of physical attractiveness in mate selection. The focus then shifts to biological approaches to sexuality, especially the genetic and hormonal origins of sexual orientation, gender, and pleasure.

The essays go on to look at the role of pleasure in different cultures. Included are essays on love among the tribespeople of the Brazilian rain forest and the regulation of adolescent sexuality in India. Finally, several contributors look at the methodological issues in the study of human sexuality, paying particular attention to the problems with research that relies on people's memories of their sexual experiences.

The contributors are Angela Pattatucci, Dean Hamer, David Greenberg, Frans de Waal, Mary McDonald Pavelka, Kim Wallen, Donald Symons, Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, Jean D. Wilson, Donald Tuzin, Lawrence Cohen, Thomas Gregor, Lenore Manderson, Robert C. Bailey, Alice Schlegel, Edward H. Kaplan, Richard Berk, Paul R. Abramson, Paul Okami, and Stephen D. Pinkerton.

Spanning the chasm of the nature versus nurture debate, Sexual Nature/Sexual Culture is a look at human sexuality as a complex interaction of genetic potentials and cultural influences. This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers--from scholars and students in psychology, anthropology, sociology, and history to clinicians, researchers, and others seeking to understand the many dimensions of sexuality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226001821
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Nature, Nurture, and In-Between1
2Sexual Nature: What Can We Learn from a Cross-Species Perspective?17
3Sex as an Alternative to Aggression in the Bonobo37
4The Evolution of Female Sexual Desire57
5Beauty Is in the Adaptations of the Beholder: The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Female Sexual Attractiveness80
6Sex Hormones and Sexual Behavior121
7Psychoneuroendocrinology and Sexual Pleasure: The Aspect of Sexual Orientation135
8The Genetics of Sexual Orientation: From Fruit Flies to Humans154
9The Cultural Management of Adolescent Sexuality177
10Sexuality, Infertility, and Sexually Transmitted Disease among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa195
11The Pleasures of Homosexuality223
12Discourse, Intercourse, and the Excluded Middle: Anthropology and the Problem of Sexual Experience257
13The Pleasures of Castration: The Postoperative Status of Hijras, Jankhas, and Academics276
14The Pursuit of Pleasure and the Sale of Sex305
15Sexuality and the Experience of Love330
16Model-Based Representations of Human Sexual Behavior353
17Sexual Activities as Told in Surveys371
Appendix: Theorizing Sexuality387
Contributors398
Index399

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