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Sociology of Sexualities

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Human Sexuality

February 2017 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Sociology of Sexualities is the first comprehensive text to approach the study of sexuality from a sociological perspective. Drawing on the most up-to-date social scientific research on sexuality, it discusses fundamental concepts in the field and helps students integrate knowledge about sexuality into their larger understanding of society. Topics covered include the emergence of sexual identities, inequalities and discrimination faced by sexual and gender minorities, heterosexual and cisgender privilege, activism and mobilization to challenge such discrimination, the commodification of sexuality, and the ways sexuality operates in and through various institutions. Throughout the text, the authors show how sexuality intersects with other statuses and identities.

 


 
Chapter 1: The Social Construction of Sexuality
The Sociology of Sexualities

 
Terminology

 
The Social Construction of Sexuality

 
Sexual Revolutions

 
Russia

 
Sexual Relationships: Beyond Monogamy

 
Sexual Invisibility

 
Sexual Pleasure

 
Sexuality Across the Life Course

 
Sexualizing Racial/Ethnic Minorities

 
Sexual Minorities Beyond LGBTQ

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 2: The Science of Sexuality
The Science of Sexuality

 
Sociology and Social Constructionism

 
The Science of Homosexuality

 
Sexuality Studies in Academia

 
Researching Sex: Ethical and Methodological Concerns

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3: Gender and Sexuality
Social Construction of Gender: Femininity and Masculinity

 
Intersection of Gender and Sexuality

 
Transgender and Transsexual

 
Intersex

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4: Sexuality, Inequality, and Privilege
The Sociology of Inequality

 
Legal Discrimination

 
Sexuality and Social Control

 
Transgender Discrimination and Inequality

 
Heterosexual and Cisgender Privilege

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5: LGBTQ Mobilization and Activism
The Sociology of Social Movements

 
Before Stonewall: The Homophile Movement

 
After Stonewall: The Modern Gay Rights Movement

 
Transgender Activism and Rights

 
Bisexual Activism

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 6: Sexuality, Media, and Sport
Media and Sexuality

 
Representations of LGBTQ In Television and Film

 
Sexuality and Sport

 
Coming Out of the Athletic Closet

 
Creating Space for Intersex and Transgender Athletes

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 7: Sexuality in Schools and the Workplace
Schools, Sexuality, and Social Control

 
Sex Education

 
Sexuality in the Workplace

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 8: Religion, Family, and Sexuality
Religion and Sexuality

 
LGBTQ Families

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 9: Sexuality and Reproduction
Compulsory Reproduction

 
The Body as Socially Constructed Space

 
Pregnancy and Childbirth

 
Breastfeeding

 
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Pregnancy

 
Teen Pregnancy and Birth

 
Birth Control

 
Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Choice

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 10: Sexual Health
Sexual Health

 
Sexuality and Disability

 
Sexually Transmitted Infections

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 11: Commodification of Sex
Pornography

 
Prostitution

 
Globalization and Sexuality

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 12: Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence

 
Racialized Homophobic and Transphobic Violence

 
Carceral Sexuality

 
Conclusion

 

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Instructor resources include the following:
 

  • Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Links to exceptional teaching resources from A.S.A.’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology)

“This is an important addition to the sociology of sexualities market. I appreciate the focus on LGBTQ histories/identities/politics and its feminist perspective.”

Maura Ryan
Georgia State University

“[Sociology of Sexualities] takes power seriously, by analyzing social justice movements for sexual equality and by problematizing heterosexuality as well homosexuality.”

Antonia Randolf
Christopher Newport University

“It is difficult to find a book that reflects broadly on sexuality in historical, cultural, and scientific perspective.  [Sociology of Sexualities] seems to accomplish that. The discussions of the history of sexuality studies and reproductive and sex education matters makes it appealing as well.”

Todd Penner
Austin College

Excellent coverage of a topic with high student interest. Good integration of recent research. The "Critical Thinking Questions" and "Activities" sections add to the effectiveness of the text. Overall, a thorough sociological approach. I will use this text again.

Dr Joan M Morris
School Of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lenoir-Rhyne University
January 10, 2018
Key features

 KEY FEATURES:

  • This text focuses not just on the social construction of sexuality but also on the sexual status hierarchy, which emphasizes the privileges heterosexual and cisgender individuals experience and the discrimination sexual minorities face.  
  • Transgender issues are addressed in every chapter, and the book examines the decades of activism that have contributed to increasing equality for LGBTQ people.
  • Discusses a range of social problems and inequalities that affect both sexual minorities and heterosexuals, including sexual assault, sex trafficking, pornography, the sexual abuse of children, and discrimination against pregnant women in the workforce.
  • Includes a series of chapters that look at the ways sexuality operates in and through social institutions: the workplace, family, religion, sports, media, and schools.
  • Global/transnational perspectives on sexuality offer students a cross-cultural understanding of the social construction of sexuality.
  • Covers the science of sexuality, from early sexologists to queer theory; sexuality and reproduction; and sexual health.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6

Chapter 12


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