An indispensible introduction to the sociology of sexuality, discussing its cultural and socio-historical construction, its relationship with power and the State's involvement in its rationalisation and regulation.
Editor's Foreword Acknowledgements Chapter 1. The Language of Sex 1.1 A Brief History of the History of Sexuality 1.2 The 'Social Construction' of Sexuality 1.3 The Importance of Sex 1.4 Sexuality and Power Chapter 2. The Meanings of Sexual Difference 2.1 The Biological Imperative 2.2 Sexuality and Social Relations 2.3 Sexuality and the Unconscious 2.4 The Consequences of Difference Chapter 3. The Challenge of Diversity 3.1 The Language of Perversity 3.2 The Discourse of Diversity 3.3 Deconstructing the Categories Chapter 4. Sexuality and Politics 4.1 Sex: A New Front Line? 4.2 Elements of a Sexual Crisis 4.3 Regulating Sexuality 4.4 The Politics of Sexuality Chapter 5. Private Pleasures and Public Policy Suggestions for Further Reading Index