Perspectives on Human Sexuality / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Presents the first book-length examination of both the biological and cultural factors in human sexuality.
In a book destined to become the standard reference on human sexuality, Bolin and Whelehan provide the first ever treatment that includes both the biological aspects and the cultural influences of this basic and much examined part of life. Never before has a book offered such a broad analysis including both anthropological perspectives as well as anatomical and physiological viewpoints. Included are many photographs and illustrations, making Perspectives on Human Sexuality a much needed resource.
By offering an anthropological perspective to understanding human sexuality, how it developed over millions of years and how it is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts, the authors present a broad-based analysis of human sexuality. Specifically, Bolin and Whelehan offer unique perspectives on modern human male and female anatomy and physiology; pregnancy and childbirth as a bio-cultural experience; various topics in adult sexuality, such as life-course issues related to gender identity; sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles; and discussions of HIV and AIDS.
Using these topics the authors differentiate culture-specific sexual behavior from what we share as a species. This helps to place sexual behavior in the United States in a larger context as well as reduces the tendency to view nonwesterners as the “other” or exotic, thereby promoting a clearer understanding of the complex phenomenon labeled “human sexuality.”
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.93(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.94(d)|
About the Author
Anne Bolin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Elon College. She is the author of In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage and editor of The Journal of Sex Research.
Patricia Whelehan is Professor of Anthropology and the Campus’ AIDS Education Coordinator at State University of New York at Potsdam. She is coeditor of Women and Health: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
1. Introduction: History and Context
2. Anthropological and Sexological Views
3. Evolution of Biological Structures Related to Modern Sexual Behavior
4. Introduction to the Hormonal Basis of Modern Human Sexuality
5. Modern Human Male Anatomy and Physiology
6. Modern Human Female Anatomy and Physiology
7. Fertility, Conception, and Sexual Differentiation
8. Pregnancy and Childbirth as a Bio-Cultural Experience
9. Early Childhood Sexuality
10. Puberty and Adolescence
11. Topics in Adult Sexuality: Human Sexual Response and Birth Control
12. Topics in Adult Sexuality: Life-Course Issues Related to Gender Identity, Gender Roles, and Aging
13. Sexual Orientations, Behaviors, and Life-Styles
14. HIV Infection and AIDS
15. Conclusion and Summary