Sexuality and Gender / Edition 1

Sexuality and Gender / Edition 1

by Christine L. Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631222715

ISBN-13: 9780631222712

Pub. Date: 02/25/2002

Publisher: Wiley

As society shapes the expression of sexual desire through cultural images and social institutions, sociologists examine how sexual behavior shapes, and is shaped by, social norms. Several of the most eminent and readable social theorists drive this important new line of sociological thought. Gathered here are thirty-two of the best essays on the sociology of sex and…  See more details below

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As society shapes the expression of sexual desire through cultural images and social institutions, sociologists examine how sexual behavior shapes, and is shaped by, social norms. Several of the most eminent and readable social theorists drive this important new line of sociological thought. Gathered here are thirty-two of the best essays on the sociology of sex and gender.

The essays included here reflect differences in race, gender, and class and demonstrate how different social groups experience different sets of social norms. Topics include gender and sex theory, identity, childhood and adolescent sexuality, the objectification of women, sexuality and religion, leisure and recreation, politics and social change, and the possible future of sexual relationships. These essays also explore contemporary issues that remain relevant to students and to current theoretical debates. Editorial introductions give further direction and insight, making this an ideal introduction to sex and gender.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222712
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/25/2002
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology Series
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.41(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IThinking About Sexuality3
1Higamous-Hogamous5
2Symbolic Interactionism and Sexual Conduct: An Emergent Perspective20
3Pleasure under Patriarchy33
4A Queer Encounter: Sociology and the Study of Sexuality44
Pt. IIGender and Sexual Identities61
5The Naked Citadel63
6Subject Honor and Object Shame: The Construction of Male Homosexuality and Stigma in Nicaragua87
7Copycat100
8Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females113
Pt. IIISexuality in Childhood and Adolescence125
9Sexuality and Gender in Children's Daily Worlds127
10"I couldn't ever picture myself having sex ...": Gender Differences in Sex and Sexual Subjectivity142
11"The punk guys will really overpower what the punk girls have to say": The Boys' Turf167
12Tough Times: Susan Carter174
Pt. IVSexual Objectification191
13The Sexual Politics of Black Womanhood193
14The Meaning of Sex207
15Working for Men: At the Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality221
16Boundary Lines: Labeling Sexual Harassment in Restaurants239
Pt. VSexuality and Religion257
17Breaking Walls, Raising Fences: Masculinity, Intimacy, and Accountability among the Promise Keepers259
18Sex-Segregated Living: Celebrating the Female272
19The Metropolitan Community Churches and the Gay Agenda: The Power of Pentecostalism and Essentialism282
20The Muslim Concept of Active Female Sexuality297
Pt. VILeisure and Recreation309
21Publicity Traps: Television Talk Shows and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Visibility311
22Girls, Media, and the Negotiation of Sexuality: A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Adolescent Peer Groups332
23Becoming 100 Percent Straight349
24Fantasy Islands: Exploring the Demand for Sex Tourism355
Pt. VIISexual Politics and Social Change369
25Sex and Society371
26A Place Called Home: A Queer Political Economy: Mexican Immigrant Men's Family Experiences382
27Gay and Lesbian Families are Here; All Our Families Are Queer; Let's Get Used to It!395
28Social Control, Civil Liberties, and Women's Sexuality408
Pt. VIIIFuture Directions425
29Beyond the Closet? The Changing Social Meaning of Homosexuality in the United States427
30Intimacy as Democracy446
31Intimacy Transformed? A Critical Look at the "Pure Relationship"456
32The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough468
Index474

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