Invented Moralities : Sexual Values in an Age of Uncertainty
This is an important intervention in debates on the family and sexuality, exploring clashes over sexual values and contemporary sexual dilemmas such as AIDS.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 471g
- 06 Oct 1995
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
a His a nouveaua morality combines the acceptance of erotic diversity with the valuation of responsibility, love, care and solidarity. It is a moving and inspiring read.a Tribune a [An] important book.a The Guardian a Jeffrey Weeksa Invented Moralities is a response to the heated debate about sexual morality which has emerged over the past 20 years as the destabilisation of the a heterosexual traditiona has become increasingly apparent.a Living Marxism a Lively and wide--ranging, Weeksa book combines humour with scholarship, personal experience with observation to make a serious contribution to debates about fundamental issues such as love, sex and the importance of relationships. Weeksa advocacy of humanistic pluralism, as he identifies it, is provocative, thoughtful and very persuasive.a Morning Star a A well--argued message of hope and encouragement ... this book is an important contribution to the discourse of post--modernity as well as sexual (particularly gay and lesbian) identities and moralities. It ought to be widely read and discussed.a Sociology
About Jeffrey Weeks
Jeffrey Weeks is Professor of Sociology at South Bank University and the author of The Lesser Evil and the Greater Good (Rivers Oram, 1994), Against Nature (Rivers Oram, 1991) and Sexuality (Tavistock, 1986).
Back cover copy
Sexuality is at the heart of contemporary anxiety about values as current controversies about changes in the family and sexual mores underlines. This book is an important intervention in these debates, offering a challenging analysis of the modern condition. In "Invented Moralities, " clashes over sexual values are explored in powerfully argued chapters on contemporary sexual dilemmas including AIDS, the politics of diversity, the rights of everyday life and the challenge of love and death. The book is highly relevant to contemporary controversies over ethics, personal responsibility and the organization of private life. The author takes a different stance from most writing on these themes, exploring the experience of contemporary social movements, dissident sexual minorities, and those attempting to elaborate more fluid and flexible ways of living and loving together. The book is an important contribution to the elaboration of what Jeffrey Weeks calls a radical humanism, a humanism which values individual freedom and celebrates the rich diversity of human goals whilst affirming the importance of human solidarity. It will be essential reading for students and lay readers interested in the areas of the sociology of sexuality, personal relationships and family life.
Table of contents
Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction: Values, Whose Values?. 1. Living with Uncertainty. 2. Inventing Moralities. 3. Necessary Fictions: Sexual Identities and the Politics of Diversity. 4. The Sphere of the Intimate, and the Values of Everyday Life. 5. Caught Between Worlds and Ways of Being. Bibliography. Index.