The Sexual Self: The Construction of Sexual Scripts

Overview

In the late 1960s two sociologists, John Gagnon and William Simon, developed the concept of sexual scripts as part of a larger project of treating sexuality like any other social phenomenon. In the end, their vision of social construction turned Kinsey on his head, and their model became the dominant paradigm of social science inquiry into human sexuality, and spurred the development of an entire field of Sexuality Studies. Sexual activity, they argued, was like other social processes, yet one of increasing ...

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Overview

In the late 1960s two sociologists, John Gagnon and William Simon, developed the concept of sexual scripts as part of a larger project of treating sexuality like any other social phenomenon. In the end, their vision of social construction turned Kinsey on his head, and their model became the dominant paradigm of social science inquiry into human sexuality, and spurred the development of an entire field of Sexuality Studies. Sexual activity, they argued, was like other social processes, yet one of increasing importance in the construction of the self. Michael Kimmel has gathered together essays from three generations of scholars influenced by this perspective on sexuality. These include many of the foremost social scientists writing and researching sexuality today. The book begins with Kimmel's reflections on the unusual careers of Gagnon and Simon, examines the construction of both sexual identity and sexual behaviors in a variety of settings, and ends with the two of them speaking in their own provocative voices about their perspective in interviews conducted originally for a German journal in 1998.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826515599
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL KIMMEL, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, is author of The Gendered Society, The Gender of Desire, and Manhood in America, among other books.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: "John Gagnon and the Sexual Self"
Michael Kimmel

SEXUALITIES AND SELVES

"The Sexual Self in Late Modernity"
Stevi Jackson

"Queers, Bodies and Post-Modern Sexualities: A Note on Revisiting the 'Sexual' in Symbolic Interactionism"
Ken Plummer

"In Search of Sexual Fingerprints: Exploring the Sociological Construction of Sexual Selves"
Rebecca Plante

"Friendship, Sex and Masculinity"
Peter M. Nardi

SEXUAL SCRIPTS

"Scripting the Sex: Fantasy, Narrative and Sexual Scripts in Pornographic Films."
Jeffrey Escoffier

"The Social Construction of Heterosexuality"
Pepper Schwartz

"Shapes of Desire"
Arlene Stein

"'It's less work for us and it shows us she has good taste': Masculinity, Sexual Initiation and Contemporary Sexual Scripts"
Shari Dworkin and Lucia O'Sullivan

"Relationship Innovation in Male Couples"
Barry Adam

"Miscommunication and Misinterpretati

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