Synopses & Reviews
For the first time in one volume Steven Seidman joins two fields of scholarship, queer theory and sociology, to bring about a new understanding of the social construction of homosexual desire. Included in this volume are some of the "classic" sociological essays that shaped lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies and the discursive approach of recent work by queer theorists.
Queer Theory Sociology suggests ways a sociological perspective can contribute to imaging a queer studies that preserves the critical spirit of queer theory while being attentive to the deeply institutional and structural dynamics in the formation of the sexual self and social order.
Combining the works of well-known scholars with newer thinkers, Queer Theory Sociology points towards a new sociological queer studies.
This book aims to productively engage the pioneering work of Queer theorists and point toe way towards a new sociological Queer studies.
- First book to bring the works of theorists and researchers in the social sciences to Queer theory which is distinctively dominated by the Humanities.
- Uses classic sociological essays that shaped lesbian, gay and bisexual studies and recent original works and applies these to the discursive approach of Queer Theory to create a productive dialogue between the disciplines.
About the Author
Steven Seidman, Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany, writes extensively in the areas of social theory, cultural sociology and sexual politics. He also wrote Contested Knowledge (Blackwell, 1994).
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface.
Introduction by Steven Seidman.
Part I: Sociological Perspectives on Homosexual Desire:.
1. The homosexual role: Mary McIntosh.
2. The construction of homosexuality: Jeffrey Weeks.
3. Symbolic interactionism and the forms of homosexuality: Ken Plummer.
4. Capitialism, bureaucracy, and male homosexuality: David Greenburg and Marcia Bystryn.
5. Structural foundations of the gay world: Barry Adam.
Part II: Sociology/Queer Theory: A Dialogue:.
6. I can't even think straight: queer theory and the missing sexual revolution in sociology: Arlene Stein and Ken Plummer.
7. A queer encounter: sociology and study of sexuality: Steven Epstein.
8. The heterosexual imaginary: feminist sociology and theories of gender: Crys Ingraham.
9. The politics of inside/out: queer theory, poststructuralism, and a sociological approach to sexuality: Ki Namaste.
10. A place in the rainbow: theorizing lesbian and gay culture: Jancie Irvine.
Part III: Queer Sociological Approaches: Identity & Society: .
11. Maiden voyage: excursion into sexuality and identity politics in Asian America: Dana Takagi.
12. A certain swagger when I walk: performing lesbian identity: Kristin Esterberg.
13. Containing AIDS: Magic Johnson and post (Reagan) American: Cheryl Cole.
14. The dilemma of identity: bisexuality in the heterosexual matrix: Amber Ault.
Part IV: Queer Sociological Approaches: Identity & Politics:.
15. Postmodernism and queer identities: Scott Bravmann.
16. Contested membership: black gay identities and the politics of AIDS: Cathy Cohen.
17. Must identity movements self destruct? A queer dilemma: Joshua Gamson.
18. The depoliticization of Dutch gay identity of why Dutch gays aren't queer: Jan Willem Duyvendak.