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By (author) Jeffrey Weeks

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 14mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415282861
  • ISBN 13: 9780415282864
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: further reading, index
  • Sales rank: 1,028,700

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Drawing on the analysis of Michel Foucault amongst others, this new edition of "Sexuality" examines the subject in terms of social, moral and political issues, and features new material on AIDS, queer theory and the influence of post-colonial theory. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of sexuality, discussing its cultural and socio-historical construction, its relationship with power, and the state's involvement in its rationalization and regulation.

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Review quote

'A classic introduction to the subject' - Richard Twine 'Weeks has written a slim book, packed with thought.' - Reviewing Sociology

Table of contents

1. The Languages of Sex; 2. The Invention of Sexuality; 2.1 A Brief History of the History of Sexuality; 2.2 The 'Social Construction' of Sexuality; 2.3 The Importance of Sexuality; 2.4 Sexuality and Power; 3. The Meanings of Sexual Difference; 3.1 The Biological Imperative; 3.2 Sexuality and Social Relations; 3.3 Sexuality and the Unconscious; 3.4 The Consequences of Difference; 4. The Challenge of Diversity; 4.1 The Language of Perversity; 4.2 The Discourse of Diversity; 4.3 Deconstructing the Categories; 5. Sexuality, Intimacy and Politics; 5.1 Sexuality: On the Front Line of Politics; 5.2 The Breakdown of Tradition; 5.3 Living with Uncertainty: HIV/AIDS; 5.4 Regulating Sexuality; 5.5 Towards Sexual Citizenship; 6. Private Pleasures and Public Policy.