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Theorizing Heterosexuality: Telling It Straight

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Little attention has traditionally been given to theorising heterosexuality. Heterosexuality tends to be taken for granted, as something that is 'natural' and 'normal'. Theorising Heterosexuality questions this assumption and demonstrates how much of our understanding of ourselves and the social worlds we inhabit is based upon unquestioned assumptions about the nature of heterosexuality. In what ways does heterosexuality encode and structure everyday life? How does heterosexuality shape our sense of identity? ...
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Overview

Little attention has traditionally been given to theorising heterosexuality. Heterosexuality tends to be taken for granted, as something that is 'natural' and 'normal'. Theorising Heterosexuality questions this assumption and demonstrates how much of our understanding of ourselves and the social worlds we inhabit is based upon unquestioned assumptions about the nature of heterosexuality. In what ways does heterosexuality encode and structure everyday life? How does heterosexuality shape our sense of identity? What is the nature of heterosexual desire? What is the relationship between heterosexuality and feminism? In addition to addressing these questions, the contributors to Theorising Heterosexuality provide a critical examination of recent debates about heterosexuality, in particular within postmodern, feminist and queer theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335195039
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the contributors
1 Heterosexuality and social theory 1
2 Heterosexuality and feminist theory 21
3 Heterosexuality and domestic life 39
4 Heterosexuality and social policy 55
5 Heterosexuality and the desire for gender 75
6 Recognition and heterosexual desire 91
7 Heterosexuality and masculinity: theorising male power or the male wounded psyche? 109
8 Which one's the man? The heterosexualisation of lesbian sex 125
9 In the same boat? The gendered (in)experience of first heterosex 143
10 Collusion, collaboration and confession: on moving beyond the heterosexuality debate 161
References 178
Index 196
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