The Social Construction of Sexuality / Edition 2

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Overview

An affordable primer to sexuality from a sociological perspective.
In The Social Construction of Sexuality, Steven Seidman investigates the political and social consequences of privileging certain sexual practices and identities while stigmatizing others. Addressing a range of topics from gay and lesbian identities to sex work, he delves into issues of social control that inform popular beliefs and moral standards. The Second Edition of The Social Construction of Sexuality features a new part that focuses on sexuality and social institutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393934021
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Series: Contemporary Societies Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 310,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Seidman has lectured widely in the United States and Europe on the topic of sexuality. He is the author of many books, including Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830–1980, Embattled Eros: Sexual Ethics and Politics in America, Queer Theory/Sociology, and Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life. He currently teaches sociology at the State University of New York at Albany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part I Theorizing Sex
Chapter 1 The Science of Sex: Sexology and Psychoanalysis 3
Chapter 2 Social Theories of Sexuality: Marxism and Feminism 13
Chapter 3 Social Constructionism: Sociology, History, and Philosophy 25
Part II The Sociology and Politics of Sexual Identity
Chapter 4 The Rise of a Heterosexual Identity 43
Chapter 5 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Politics in the United States 53
Chapter 6 Comparative Perspectives on Gay and Lesbian Politics (co-authored by James Dean) 80
Part III Social Conflicts over Sexual Morality
Chapter 7 Pornography 95
Chapter 8 Sadomasochism 105
Chapter 9 Sex Work 114
Chapter 10 Gay Marriage 123
Epilogue 134
Notes 139
Index 147
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