Constructing Sexualities

Constructing Sexualities : Readings in Sexuality, Gender, and Culture

3.63 (47 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$82.99

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


A primary or ancillary textbook for anthropology and sociology courses related to gender and sexuality. It is basic enough for introductory undergraduate courses, yet it could also be used at more advanced levels, including graduate level courses.Constructing Sexualities: Readings in Sexuality, Gender, and Culture is a collection of articles-classic and current-that address the relationships between sexuality, gender, and culture. Designed to introduce students to a broad range of relevant ideas and theories and to encourage critical thinking on a variety of sexuality and gender topics, this reader provides students with materials that will aid them in formulating their own thoughts on sexualities, gender, and culture.Each article in this reader has been carefully chosen (and student-tested) in terms of readability and interest. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, including works by anthropologists, psychologists, activists, biologists, physicians, historians and sociologists. The readings include classics works by Ruth Benedict and Bronislaw Malinowski, as well recent works by scholars such as Jared Diamond, Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Evelyn Blackwood.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 013009661X
  • 9780130096616

Table of contents

Introduction. SECTION ONE: RESEARCHING SEXUALITIES AND GENDER. 1. Investigating Sex: Essentialism and Constructionism by Jennifer Harding (1998). 2. Sexing the Body: How Biologist Construct Human Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling (1999). 3. The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles by Emily Martin (1991). 4. Sex in Primitive Society by Ruth Benedict (1937). SECTION TWO: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF GENDER AND REPRODUCTION. 5. Animals with the Weirdest Sex Life by Jared Diamond (1997). 6. Bonobo Sex and Society by Frans de Waal (1995). 7. Human Apes by Alison Jolly (1999). SECTION THREE: SEXUAL POTENTIALITIES: LESSONS FROM EARLY ETHNOGRAPHIES. 8. Prenuptial Intercourse between the Sexes by Bronislaw Malinowski (1929). 9. Dani Sexuality: A Low Energy System by Karl Heider (1976) * with new introduction. 10. Sexual Inversion Among the Azande by E.E. Evans-Pritchard (1970). 11. Sex and Repression in an Irish Folk Community by John Messenger (1971). SECTION FOUR: RITES OF PASSAGE AND GENITAL MUTILATION. 12. The Geography of Genital Mutilation by James DeMeo (1989). 13. Unmasking Tradition: A Sudanese anthropologist confronts female "circumcision" and its terrible tenacity by Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf (1998). SECTION FIVE: MARRIAGE AND LOVE. 14. Mehinaku Men and Women: A Sociology of Marriage, Sex, and Affection by Thomas Gregor (1985). 15. Arranging a Marriage in India by Serena Nanda (1992). 16. Against Love by Laura Kipnis (2001). SECTION SIX: CONSTRUCTING AND DECONSTRUCTING BODIES. 17. The Five Sexes: Why male and female are not enough by Anne Fausto-Sterling (1993). 18. Hermaphrodites with Attitude by Cheryl Chase (1998). SECTION SEVEN: BEYOND THE BINARY. 19. Hijras and Sadhin: Neither Man nor Woman in India by Serena Nanda (2000). 20. Lesbians, Men-Women and Two-Spirits: Homosexuality and Gender in Native American Cultures by Sabine Lang (1999). SECTION EIGHT: TRANS-ISMS /GENDER/SEXUAL/CULTURAL. 21. Who Put the "Trans" in Transgender? Gender Theory and Everyday Life by Suzanne Kessler and Wendy McKenna (2000). 22. The Gender of Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes by Don Kulick (1999). SECTION NINE: SAME-SEX SEXUALITIES: CULTURE, DESIRE AND FREEDOM. 23. Sambia Sexual Culture by Gilbert Herdt (1999). 24. Culture and Women's Sexualities by Evelyn Blackwood (2000). 25. Redirecting Sexual Orientation: Techniques and Justifications by Timothy F. Murphy (1992). SECTION TEN: INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTERS: SEXUALITIES IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE. 26. For Love and Money: Romance Tourism in Jamaica by Deborah Pruitt and Suzanne LaFont (1995). 27. Forced to Choose: Beyond the Voluntary v. Forced Prostitution Dichotomy by Jo Doezema (1998). SECTION ELEVEN: THE RIGHT TO SAY NO, THE RIGHT TO SAY YES: GENDER, SEXUALITIES, AND SELF-DETERMINATION. 28. Arab Honor's Price: A Woman's Blood by Douglas Jehl (1999). 29. Women: Wives, Mothers, Daughters by Chris Beyrer (1998). 30. Negotiating Sex and Gender in the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography by Carole S. Vance (1990). SECTION TWELVE: THE FUTURE OF SEXUALITIES. 31. .../Cybersex/no_gender/ no_sexuality/no_body.html by Andy Miah (2001). 32. An Orgy of Abstinence by Sharon Lerner (2001). 33. An Unfinished Revolution: Sexuality in the 20th Century by Jeffery Weeks (1993). Glossary. Full Citation of Readings. List of Journals for the study of Sexuality, Gender, and Culture. Bibliography. Index.
show more

Rating details

47 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 23% (11)
4 34% (16)
3 28% (13)
2 13% (6)
1 2% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X