Sociology Index

Sociology of Sexualities

Books on Sociology of Sexualities, Abstracts

What is sexuality? How are sexualities socially constructed? what is social about sexuality? How can we visualize the sociology of sexualities?

How does the family, as an institution, shape sexuality? Why does religion have such a large role in shaping sexual mores? In what ways have class and race shaped our understanding of sexuality?

Sexuality is an individual, biological and psychological phenomena. The idea of sexuality is a social fact or construction. The research and study of sexuality is an interdisciplinary field of social analysis.

"Why, given the variety of sexual behaviors and relationships, do we speak of only two opposite sexes?" "Why don't transvestites, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and the institutionalized third genders affect the conceptualization of two genders and two sexes?"

"The prime paradox of gender is that in order to dismantle the institution, you must first make it very visible." - Judith Lorber

Sociology of Sexualities should gain status as an ASA Section which would be very beneficial to all academics and practitioners who conduct and/or value research in the area of sexuality.

Sexuality Information Council of the United States (SIECUS) siecus.org

The Society for the Study of Sexuality (SSSS) ssc.wisc.edu:80/ssss

The Sociologist Lesbian and Gay Caucus (SLGC).

Gender and Sexuality - This page publishes texts which address gender studies and queer studies, with a particular focus upon discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality in cultural practices.

Abstracts

Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society. Edited by Michael S. Kimmel and Rebecca F. Plante. OUP, New York. 2004
Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society focuses on gender, using multiple disciplines, international populations, and theories to explore sexualities. The readings—including several written specifically for this volume - will grab students' attention.
Sexualities: Identity, Behavior, and Society opens with classical and contemporary theories about sexualities, including selections by Freud, Kinsey, and Fausto-Sterling. Subsequent chapters explore the ways in which we learn about sexual activities and develop sexual identities, both heterosexual and same sex. The discussion expands to include sexual adaptations, sexual media, intersections with violence, and sex education. The key question: How will the next generation be taught about sex? This book's focus is on the psychological, social, ethical, and political discussions of sexualities.

Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative Insemination Is Changing the World. Amy Agigian.
This book explores the controversial implications of lesbian insemination. Each year hundreds of children around the world are born to lesbian mothers who conceived through alternative insemination. This unique form of family- making creates families with no legal or psychological father, and challenges some of our most basic assumptions about what it means to be a family. How, and why, do lesbians use insemination to build their families? How could it best be protected by law? Is insemination the ultimate in lesbian liberation, or a sell-out to nuclear family norms? How are race, class, feminism, and human engineering involved? Drawing on legal findings and personal interviews, as well as medical and psychoanalytic research, sociologist Amy Agigian looks at the impact and potential of this form of reproduction.

Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity - Editors: Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner (Routledge:Fall 2004).

God, Sex and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies. Dawne Moon (University of Chicago Press, 2004). God, Sex and Politics is an ethnographic study which draws from and contributes to theories in the sociology of religion and the sociology of sexuality, as it seeks to make sense of debates about homosexuality in two United Methodist congregations, one theologically liberal and the other conservative. In it, Moon seeks to discover what makes these debates so explosive, and finds that these debates threaten to expose incompatible beliefs about who or what God is and what God demands of people with regard to sexuality, sin, conflict and politics.

Sexualities News - Newsletter of the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the
American Sociological Association Volume 7, Issue 1 Summer - 2004.