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Sex Acts: Practices of Femininity and Masculinity / Edition 1

Sex Acts: Practices of Femininity and Masculinity / Edition 1

by Jenny Harding
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Drawing on original empirical research, this book provides a critical understanding of current theory in the study of sexuality.

Inter-disciplinary in approach, Jennifer Harding identifies a series of key issues on contemporary discourses: essentialism vs constructionism; gender and sexuality; representation and concepts of identity; Foucalut's notion of 'discourse'; and Butler's theory of gender 'performance'. These topics are explored in the light of contemporary cultural contexts - for instance, the debate on hormone theory and the social construction of sexuality, 'gender bending' and masculinity, the maternal body, queer families, and constructions of motherhood and fatherhood. Critical summaries of the main debates in the fie

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803975958
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/10/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Harding is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communications at London Guildhall University.

Table of Contents

The Power of Sex
An Introduction
Investigating Sex
Essentialism and Constructionism
Private Sex, Public Danger
Sex/uality and Representation
Chemical Sex and Social Control
'Gender-Bending' and Masculinity
Sex/uality and the Maternal Body
Queer Families
Sexual Parody
Lesbians in Popular Culture

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