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Mundane Heterosexualities is the first major empirical study of a category that has been described as 'invisible' or 'unmarked' - an asepct of everyday life that is taken for granted. Engaging with feminist theorizing around heterosexuality, this book draws on empirical data, arguing that this is vital if research in this area is to develop further. 
 
Through life course interviews with members of different generations within extended families, this study addresses questions of what it means to grow up heterosexual, how the gendered body comes into being, what aspects of a 'heterosexual imaginary' individuals draw on when anticipating adult heterosexuality, and what they perceive as their heterosexual 'successes' and 'failures'. The authors argue that heterosexuality transcends the sexual, instead shaping our gender identities and patterning our lives during both their mundane and extreme periods, becomnig the organizing principle of our everyday existence.
 
Now available in paperback, this book will be vital reading to those concerned with sexuality, gender, identity, the family and the everyday.
 
 


Description


Mundane Heterosexualities is the first major empirical study of a category that has been described as 'invisible' or 'unmarked' - an asepct of everyday life that is taken for granted. Engaging with feminist theorizing around heterosexuality, this book draws on empirical data, arguing that this is vital if research in this area is to develop further. 
 
Through life course interviews with members of different generations within extended families, this study addresses questions of what it means to grow up heterosexual, how the gendered body comes into being, what aspects of a 'heterosexual imaginary' individuals draw on when anticipating adult heterosexuality, and what they perceive as their heterosexual 'successes' and 'failures'. The authors argue that heterosexuality transcends the sexual, instead shaping our gender identities and patterning our lives during both their mundane and extreme periods, becomnig the organizing principle of our everyday existence.
 
Now available in paperback, this book will be vital reading to those concerned with sexuality, gender, identity, the family and the everyday.
 
 


Reviews


'This ground-breaking book answers recent calls for more attention to be paid to everyday heterosexuality. Drawing on interviews with three generations of families the authors illuminate the processes whereby heterosexuality is both reproduced and changed intra-generationally and inter-generationally and show how heterosexuality orders far more than merely our sexual lives. In so doing they cast new light on what is still too often treated as an 'unmarked' category.' - Professor Stevi Jackson, University of York, UK
 
'This is a fascinating book, which offers page after page of intriguing revelations. Highly relevant to social work's understanding of families, this book would also be invaluable to researchers and research students as an inspirational and yet 'easy-to-read' example of rigorous theorising and exemplary methodology...I have been recommending this text to friends and colleagues for some time...' - British Journal of Social Work
 
'...opens up a path for further research on the doing (and interweaving) of heterosexualities, gender and sexualities' - Sociologica 
 


Contents

Unmasking Heterosexuality
Theories of Heterosexuality Reconsidered
A Heterosexual Life: Agency and Structure
Heterosexuality Across the Twentieth Century
Getting the Story Straight
Getting it Together? Carnal and Romantic Discourses
What's Sex Got to do with it? Heterosexuality as an Organising Principle
Nothing Natural? At Home with Heterosexuality
Different Heterosexualities: Different Histories
Conclusion
Index


Authors



JENNY HOCKEY is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Sheffield University, UK. Her published work on gender includes articles in Sociological Review, Gender Place and Culture, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Gender Studies, Gender Work and Organisation. She is currently publishing work on masculinities, grounded in an ESRC-funded research project on masculinities in transition.

ANGELA MEAH is a Research Associate at Sheffield University, UK. Her research interests include families, gender, agency, feminist epistemologies, and the co-construction of knowledge.

VICTORIA ROBINSON is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-editor, with Diane Richardson, of Introducing Gender and Women's StudiesL Feminist Theory and Practice and author of Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport: Male Identity and Rock Cimbing.