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Sex, Self and Society: The Social Context of Sexuality (with Infotrac) (Wadsworth Sociology Reader)by Tracey Steele
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SEX, SELF AND SOCIETY: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF SEXUALITY contains 60 edited articles divided into 15 chapters covering a range of issues dealing with human sexuality. Focusing on sexuality as both process and as a social institution, the book also covers contemporary issues such as abortion and sexually transmitted diseases.
Book News Annotation:
Intended for undergraduate sociology students, the 15 classic and contemporary readings in this anthology examine how broad social forces in America fashion and control matters concerning sex and the erotic, and explore the multiple ways that individuals internalize, negotiate, replicate, resist, and challenge dominant sexual constructions and normative standards regarding sexuality.
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The reader contains 60 edited articles divided into 15 chapters covering a range of issues dealing with human sexuality. The reader focuses on sexuality as both process and as a social institution. Contemporary issues such as abortion and sexually transmitted diseases are the focus of the last part of the reader.
The social context of sexuality.
About the Author
Tracey Steele is an associate professor of sociology at Wright State University. Her current research focuses on the construction of gender and sexual identity. Her most recent work explores how gender affects attitudes towards capital punishment.
Table of Contents
PART I. 1. Constructing Sex, the Sexual, and the Erotic. 'Doing it/Defining it' The Social Construction of S-E-X (Tracey Steele:). Unnatural Acts (Leonore Tiefer). Breastfeeding and the Good Maternal Body (Cindy Stearns). Boundary Lines: Labeling Sexual Harassment in Restaurants (Patti A. Giuffre and Christine L. Williams). 2. Constructing and Critiquing Sexual Categories. The Invention of Heterosexuality (Jonathan Ned Katz). Bisexuality in an Essentialist World: Understanding BiPhobia (Amanda Udis-Kessler). A Queer Encounter (Steven Epstein). 3. Conflated Constructs: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. Beyond the Binaries: Depolarizing the Categories of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (Judith Lorber). How Men Have (A) Sex (John Stoltenbergm). The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria (Judith Ortiz Cofer). The Five Sexes Revisited (Anne Fausto-Sterling). Dennis Rodman: Barbie Doll Gone Horribly Wrong (Michele D. Dunbar). 4. What's Love Got to Do With It? Constructions of Desire, Love, and Intimacy. The Feminization of Love (Francesca M. Cancian). The Sexualization of Love (Steven Seidman). Women and Heterosexual Love: Complicity, Resistance, and Change (Stevi Jackson). 5. Constructing the Sexual Self: The Negotiation and Actualization of Sexual Identity and Behavior. Becoming 100 Percent Straight (Michael Messner). Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places (Laud Humphreys). Dragon Ladies, Snow Queens, and Asian-American Dykes: Reflection Race and Sexuality (Sharon Lim-Hing). More than Manly Women: How Female Transsexuals Reject Lesbian Labels (Holly Devor). The Ambiguity of "Having Sex:" The Subjective Experience of irginity Loss in the United States (Laura M. Carpenter). PART II. SEX AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS 6. The State, Sexual Politics, and Public Policy. It Takes More Than Two: The Prostitute, the State, and the Entrepreneur (Cynthia Enloe). The Case of Sharon Kowalski and Karen Thompson: Ableism, Heterosexism, and Sexism (Joan L. Griscom). The Sexual Politics of Black Womanhood (Patricia Hill Collins). Disability, Sex Radicalism and Political Agency (Abby Wilkerson). 7. Media and Popular Culture. A Broken Trust: Canadian Priests, Brothers, Pedophilia, and the Media (Ian A. G. Barrie). Girls, Media, and the Negotiation of Sexuality: A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Adolescent Peer Groups (Meenakshi Gigi Durham). The Social Organization of Sexuality and Gender in Alternative hard Rock: An Analysis of Intersectionality (Mimi Schippers). Normal Sins: Scandal Narratives as Institutional Morality Tales (Joshua Gamson). 8. Economy and Work. Capitalism and Gay Identity (John D'Emilio). Sexuality in Organizations (Patricia Yancey Martin and David L. Collinson). Peepshow Feminism (Tawnya Dudash). The Locker Room and the Dorm Room: Workplace Norms and the Boundaries of Sexual Harassment in Magazine Editing (Kirsten Dellinger and Christine L. Williams). 9. Religion and Education. The Muslim Concept of Active Female Sexuality (Fatima Mernissi). Slut! Growing up Female with a Bad Reputation (Leoira Tanebaum). Gay and Lesbian Catholic Elementary School Teachers (Edmundo F. Litton). Identity Puzzles: Talking Sex in Education (Margot Francis). 10. Family and Medicine. Dubious Conceptions: The Controversy Over Teen Pregnancy (Kristin Luker). Negotiating Lesbian Motherhood: The Dialectics of Resistance and Accommodation (Ellen Lewin). In Pursuit of the Perfect Penis (Leonore Tiefer). Cloning, Sex, and New Kinds of Families (Glenn McGee). PART III. HOT TOPICS: CONTEMPORARY SEXUAL ISSUES, DEBATES, AND CONTROVERSIES. 11. Sexuality, the Body, and Sexual Attractiveness. Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian-American Women and Cosmetic Surgery (Eugenia Kaw). Size 6: The Western Woman's Harem (Fatema Mernissi). Pills and Power Tools (Susan Bordo). Jane Fonda, Barbara Bush, and Other Aging Bodies: Femininity and the Limits of Resistance (Myra Dinnerstein and Rose Weitz). Visibly Queer: Body Technologies and Sexual Politics (Victoria Pitts). 12. Sex, Pornography and Sexual Objectification. Pornography: Civil Rights, and Speech (Catharine MacKinnon). Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality (Harry Brod). Odyssey of a Feminist Pornographer (Marcy Sheiner). 13. Sexuality, Aggression, and Violence. Men on Rape (Tim Beneke). The Mind that Burns in Each Body: Women, Rape, and Racial Violence (Jacquelyn Dowd Hall). Titans (Nathan McCall). The Sexual Politics of Murder (Jane Caputi). A Boy's Life: For Matthew Shepard's Killers, What Does It Take to Pass as a Man? (JoAnn Wypijewski). 14. Sex and the Social Construction of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Social Control, Civil Liberties, and Women's Sexuality (Beth E. Schneider and Valerie Jenness). Identity and Stigma of Women with S.T.D.s. (Adina Nack). Gay Villain, Gay Hero: Homosexuality and the Social Construction of AIDS (Robert A. Padgug). 15. Abortion, Conception, and Procreation. The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles (Emily Martin). Motherhood and Morality in America (Kristen Luker). Now You Can Choose! Issues in Parenting and Procreation (Barbara Katz Rothman).
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