Mundane Heterosexualities

Mundane Heterosexualities
Author: J. Hockey,A. Meah,V. Robinson
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2007-10-31
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780230596948

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Mundane Heterosexualities provides the reader with a critical overview of feminist thinking on the topic of heterosexuality. It argues that as a social rather than sexual category, heterosexuality can be seen as the organizing principle of our everyday lines.

Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice

Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice
Author: Chris Beasley,Heather Brook,Mary Holmes
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2012
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780415890090

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This book explores heterosexualities in their complex and everyday expressions. It engages with theories about the intersection of sexuality with other markers of difference, and gender in particular. The outcome will productively upset equations of heterosexuality with heteronormativity and accounts that cast heterosexuality in "sex critical, sex as danger" terms. Queer/feminist 'pro-sex' perspectives have become prevalent in analyses of sexuality, but in these approaches queer becomes the site of subversive, transgressive, exciting and pleasurable sex, while heterosex, if mentioned at all, continues to be seen as objectionable or dowdy. It challenges heterosexuality's comparative absence in gender/sexuality debates and the common constitution of heterosexuality as nasty, boring and normative. The authors develop an innovative analysis showing the limits of the sharply bifurcated perspectives of the "sex wars". This is not a revisionist account of heterosexuality as merely one option in a fluid smorgasbord, nor does it dismiss the weight of feminist/pro-feminist critiques of heterosexuality. This book establishes that if relations of domination do not constitute the analytical sum of heterosexuality, then identifying its range of potentialities is clearly important for understanding and helping to undo its "nastier" elements.

Geographies of Sexualities

Geographies of Sexualities
Author: Dr Gavin Brown,Dr Jason Lim,Professor Kath Browne
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2012-11-28
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781409487302

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Recent years have seen a dramatic upsurge of interest in the connections between sexualities, space and place. Drawing established and 'founding' figures of the field together with emerging authors, this innovative volume offers a broad, interdisciplinary and international overview of the geographies of sexualities. Incorporating a discussion of queer geographies, Geographies of Sexualities engages with cutting edge agendas and challenges the orthodoxies within geography regarding spatialities and sexualities. It contains original and previously unpublished material that spans the often separated areas of theory, practices and politics. This innovative volume offers a trans-disciplinary engagement with the spatialities of sexualities, intersecting discussions of sexualities with issues such as development, race, gender and other forms of social difference.

Negotiating Boundaries Identities Sexualities Diversities

Negotiating Boundaries  Identities  Sexualities  Diversities
Author: Clare Beckett,Marie Macey,Owen Heathcote
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2009-05-05
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781443810920

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Negotiating Boundaries: Identities, Sexualities, Diversities is a collection of essays by contributors from—and/or on—societies across the world: Boznia-Herzogovinia, Croatia, France, Iran, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South and West Africa, the UK and the USA. They are from a range of academic disciples—English Literature, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Modern Languages, Religious Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology and Theology. This level of diversity has resulted in the most wide-ranging volume ever published in the social sciences and humanities around the concept of "Boundaries". The book is at the cutting edge of intellectual thinking on personal and social "boundaries" applied to such areas as: Art, Genocidal Rape, Identities, God/Godde, Lesbianism, Literature, Men in "Women's Professions", Muslim women in Muslim and non-Muslim countries, Nationalism and Symbolism, Poetry, Religion, Sexual Harassment, Sexuality, Women in Science, Transgenderism, Virginity Testing and War. This range of contributors, locations and topics could have resulted in an incoherent volume with appeal to only a somewhat esoteric readership. However, the skilful use of the concept of "Boundaries" not only gives this book structured coherence, but makes it important reading for a wide range of academics, theorists and researchers in a diversity of disciplines. "This is a lively, engaged, nuanced portrayal of the struggles around identity, inequality and domination. Ambitious in its scope – international, interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional in its social focus, Identities, Sexualities, Diversities offers a powerful picture of struggle and the pursuit of change, through the conceptual lens of boundaries. This collection explores the diverse ways boundaries operate, bringing new insights and questions to an established debate. It also, importantly, explores how boundaries can provide bridges. Thus, through its interweaving of theory and empirical analysis, and through its stories of bodies, texts, work, sexual expression, self-presentation, and changing values, Identities, Sexualities, Diversities offers a text that is reflexive, analytically thoughtful, and, significantly, hopeful.” —Davina Cooper, Professor of Law and Political Theory, Director of AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Kent Law School, University of Kent “This is a fascinating collection of papers that provides new and important insights into the variety and natures of boundaries around ethnicity, identity and sexuality. Using the complex concept of boundaries the writers explore identities, sexualities and diversities through boundary crossings, contested boundaries, oppressive boundaries and creative, resistant boundaries. This provides a wonderful, coherent engagement with some of the key struggles at the present time over contested territory at personal and global levels. The range of articles ensures that these debates are contextualised in particular societies and cultures providing a rich source of theoretical material that helps our understandings of these complex and crucial issues. The theoretical rigour and fascinating insights presented in this edited book deserves a wide readership from those involved in the social sciences, women’s studies, the humanities and all those interested in transgressing conventional boundaries of scholarship”. —Sheila Scraton, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Director of University Research, Professor of Leisure and Feminist Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Love

Love
Author: Anna G. Jónasdóttir,Ann Ferguson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2013-11-12
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781134648153

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This unique, timely book of original essays sets the stage for a new materialist feminist debate on the analysis, ethics and politics of love. The contributors raise questions about social power and domination, situating their research in a materialist feminist perspective that investigates love historically, in order to understand changing ideologies, representations and practices. The essays range from studies of particular representations and examples of love - feminist translation, mass media images and internet love blogs - to feminist theories of love and marriage, to ethical and political theories describing, critiquing or advocating the use of love in groups as a radical force. They break new ground in bringing together questions of gendered interests in love, temporal dimensions of loving practices and the politics of love in radical transformations of society.

Christians Under Covers

Christians Under Covers
Author: Kelsy Burke
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2016-02-09
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780520286337

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"Christians under Covers shifts how scholars and popular media talk about religious conservatives and sex. In an ethnography drawn from Christian sexuality websites, Kelsy Burke examines how some evangelical Christians use digital media to promote the idea that God wants married, heterosexual couples to have satisfying sex lives. These evangelicals maintain their religious beliefs while incorporating feminist and queer language into their talk of sexuality--encouraging sexual knowledge, emphasizing women's pleasure, and justifying marginal sexual practices within Christian marriages. This book complicates boundaries between normal and subversive, empowered and oppressed, and sacred and profane"--Provided by publisher.

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2014-06-06
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9789004272385

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The 25th volume of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion continues to provide readers with an interdisciplinary assortment of high quality research studies aimed at capturing salient, contemporary trends in the field. The current volume presents a special section examining the role of spiritual and religious themes in sexuality research.

Men Masculinities and Methodologies

Men  Masculinities and Methodologies
Author: B. Pini,B. Pease
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2013-08-29
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781137005731

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This book contributes to the growing literature on men and masculinities, but does so through a methodological lens. It addresses methodological approaches and challenges for feminist and pro-feminist studies of men and masculinities.

Changing Names and Gendering Identity

Changing Names and Gendering Identity
Author: Rachel Thwaites
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2016-11-03
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781317168584

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This book investigates contemporary naming practices on marriage in Britain, drawing on survey data and detailed interview material in which women offer their own accounts of the reasons for which they have changed or retained their names. Exploring the ways in which names are used to create and understand family, to cement commitments and make it clear to the self and to others that subject is in ’true love’, Changing Names and Gendering Identity considers the manner in which names are used to make sense of the self and narrate life changes and choices in a coherent fashion. A critique of the gender-blindness of sociological theories of individualisation, this volume offers evidence of the continued importance of traditions and the past to the functioning of contemporary society. In dissecting the everyday, taken-for-granted ritual of name changing for women on marriage, it sheds light on the nature of an enduring set of unequal gender relations which are used to organise society, behaviour and interpersonal relations. Engaging with questions of power, heteronormativity, and gender relations, this analysis of a significant ritual of contemporary heterosexual marriage will interest sociologists and scholars of gender studies with interests in the family, identity and gender relations.

Sexuality Women and Tourism

Sexuality  Women  and Tourism
Author: Susan Frohlick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2013
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780415671477

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This book is the first to focus on why and how foreign Western women engage in cross-border sexual and intimate relations as tourists travelling, or temporarily dwelling, in a Central American country. As an in-depth ethnographic account, the book traces the experiences of heterosexual North American and European women's transnational encounters, and examines new sexual and social practices arising from contemporary global tourism, shifting sexual cultures both at home and abroad, consumer culture, and women's increasing mobility. The book combines descriptions of women's travels and sexual relations across racial and class boundaries with feminism, postcolonial theory, and poststructuralist theories of gender and sexuality, to show how tourism as a wide range and set of desires serves as a central shaping force in the formation of women's sexual subjectivities in contemporary life in postindustrial capitalism. In doing so it offers new insights into how tourist women express heterosexuality shaped by gender, race, class, and identities. This fascinating book, focusing on the structure of tourism and role of local culture and social organization in the shoring-up of desire, develops a unique contribution to the understanding of sex tourism. It will be of interest not only to tourism scholars, but also to those interested in sexuality, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, women studies, gender studies, and geography.

Researching Sex and Sexualities

Researching Sex and Sexualities
Author: Charlotte Morris,Paul Boyce,Andrea Cornwall,Hannah Frith,Laura Harvey,Yingying Huang
Publsiher: Zed Books Ltd.
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2018-02-15
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781786993229

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Sexuality is a complex and multifaceted domain – encompassing bodily, contextual and subjective experiences that resist ready categorisation. To claim the sexual as a viable research object therefore raises a number of important methodological questions: what is it possible to know about experiences, practices and perceptions of sex and sexualities? What approaches might help or hinder our efforts to probe such experiences? This collection explores the creative, personal and contextual parameters involved in researching sexuality, cutting across disciplinary boundaries and drawing on case studies from a variety of countries and contexts. Combining a wide range of expertise, its contributors address such key areas as pornography, sex work, intersectionality and LGBT perspectives. The contributors also share their own experiences of researching sexuality within contrasting disciplines, as well as interrogating how the sexual identities of researchers themselves can relate to, and inform, their work. The result is a unique and diverse collection that combines practical insights on field work with novel theoretical reflections.

Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan

Intimacy and Reproduction in Contemporary Japan
Author: Genaro Castro-Vazquez
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2016-07-01
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781317265351

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This book presents an ethnographic investigation of intimate and reproductive behaviour in current Japanese society, grounded in the viewpoints of a group of Japanese mothers. It adopts a new approach in studying the decreasing fertility rates which are contributing to the ageing population in modern Japan. Based on the accounts of 57 married Japanese women, it employs symbolic interactionism as a framework to examine the various factors affecting decision-making on childbirth. The influence of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs), abortion and contraception in the daily interactions and experiences of the mothers are analysed to offer a new perspective on the Japanese demographic conundrum. With strong contextual information as the foundation, the book contributes fresh insight into how Japanese women perceive the idea of childbirth in a modernized society, and also assists our understanding of the factors causing Japan’s ageing population. Further, it places the mothers’ experiences within current global debates to highlight the salience of the Japanese case. As the first book to provide an in-depth examination of the social process underpinning the decision to become a mother in Japan, it will appeal to students and scholars of Japanese culture and society, Gender Studies, and Sociology.

Orgasmic Bodies

Orgasmic Bodies
Author: Hannah Frith
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2015-06-30
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 9781137304377

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Orgasmic Bodies explores how bodily experiences of orgasm are worked up as present/absent, complicated/straightforward, too slow/too fast, fake or real, in the doing of masculinities and femininities. Engaging with both science and popular culture it examines the meanings given to orgasmic bodies in contemporary heterosex.

Sexualities Research

Sexualities Research
Author: Andrew King,Ana Cristina Santos,Isabel Crowhurst
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2017-08-18
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781317529675

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How is sexuality studied methodologically? How are we innovating, methodologically, in the study of sexuality? What impact, if any, has the increase in mixed methodologies had on the study of sexuality? Sexualities Research brings together original contributions by emerging and world-leading scholars of sexuality. Through this volume the authors seek to address how theoretical and methodological choices enable wider dissemination and social impact of sexualities research. Indeed, covering a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies to provide important new insights into human sexuality, the chapters cover an array of topics from the experience of researching sexuality, to using theories in new and innovative ways. With an international scope, Sexualities Research also builds on the re-emergence of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network and asks important questions about the study of sexuality in contemporary societies against the background of political upheaval and economic troubles. Certainly, this collection shows the importance and vitality of sociological understandings of human sexuality in the twenty-first century. An enlightening volume consisting of a variety of case studies and theoretical research, Sexualities Research will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers who are interested in fields such as Sociology, LGBT/Queer Studies and Gender Studies.

Understanding Young Buddhists

Understanding Young Buddhists
Author: Andrew Yip,Sarah-Jane Page
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2017-02-06
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9789004339262

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Understanding Young Buddhists offers a rich analysis of young Buddhists’ lived experiences. It explores their journeying into Buddhism, belief and practice, sexuality, and positioning in diverse social contexts. It demonstrates the resourcefulness of young Buddhists in developing ethics for life.