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We are almost programmed into thinking of our sexuality as a wholly natural feature of life. But sexual relations are but one form of social relations, as Jeffrey Weeks makes clear in his book.

Drawing on the analyses of Michel Foucault, amongst others, the book examines the social, moral and political issues raised by contemporary forms of sexuality. Weeks provides an authoritative introduction to the sociology of sexuality, discussing its cultural and socio-historical construction, it's relationship with power and the State's involvement in its rationalisation and regulation. This second edition is also updates to include global and postcolonial perspectives on sexuality, queer theory, the internet and cybersex, AIDS as a global phenomenon and international debates on the politics of sexuality.

This book is an indispensable introduction to this complex and expanding field.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19.05mm | 204g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415282861
  • 9780415282864
  • 1,721,046

Table of contents

Editor's Forward Acknowledgements Chapter 1. The Language of Sex 1.1 A Brief History of the History of Sexuality 1.2 The 'Social Construction' of Sexuality 1.3 The Importance of Sex 1.4 Sexuality and Power Chapter 2. The Meanings of Sexual Difference 2.1 The Biological Imperative 2.2 Sexuality and Social Relations 2.3 Sexuality and the Unconscious 2.4 The Consequences of Difference Chapter 3. The Challenge of Diversity 3.1 The Language of Perversity 3.2 The Discourse of Diversity 3.3 Deconstructing the Categories Chapter 4. Sexuality and Politics 4.1 Sex: A New Front Line? 4.2 Elements of a Sexual Crisis 4.3 Regulating Sexuality 4.4 The Politics of Sexuality Chapter 5. Private Pleasures and Public Policy Suggestions for Further Reading Index
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'A classic introduction to the subject' - Richard Twine 'Weeks has written a slim book, packed with thought.' - Reviewing Sociology
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