Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction

Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Veronique Mottier

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 10mm | 132g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199298025
  • ISBN 13: 9780199298020
  • Illustrations note: 20 black and white halftones
  • Sales rank: 145,254

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What shapes our sexuality? Is it a product of our genes, or of society, culture, and politics? How have concepts of sexuality and sexual norms changed over time? How have feminist theories, religion, and HIV/AIDS affected our attitudes to sex? Focusing on the social, political, and psychological aspects of sexuality, this Very Short Introduction examines these questions and many more, exploring what shapes our sexuality, and how our attitudes to sex have in turn shaped the wider world. Revealing how our assumptions about what is 'normal' in sexuality have, in reality, varied widely across time and place, this book tackles the major topics and controversies that still confront us when issues of sex and sexuality are discussed: from sex education, HIVAIDS, and eugenics, to religious doctrine, gay rights, and feminism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Veronique Mottier is Fellow and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge and Professor of Sociology at the University of Lausanne. Her research interests include the politics of sexuality and gender, theories of the state, feminist political philosophy and discourse analysis, and she has published widely in these areas. Her previous books include Politics of Sexuality: Identity, Gender, Citizenship (2006, co-edited with Terrell Carver).

Table of contents

1. Before Sexuality ; 2. The Invention of Sexuality ; 3. Virgins or Whores? Feminist Critiques of Sexuality ; 4. The State in the Bedroom ; 5. The Future of Sex ; References and Further Reading