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With contributions from established and emerging scholars, this collection draws on original research to consider recent theoretical and methodological debates, shifts in law and policy, and social and cultural changes around sexuality. The book bridges identified gaps between theory, research methods and practice, and lived experiences across time and place. It reflects on the current wave of interdisciplinary work, setting out new ways of conceptualizing and researching sexuality and explores persistently marginalized, re-traditionalized and normative sexual practices, subjectivities and identities. This distinctive consideration of innovative contributions from across the humanities and social sciences places emergent debates, enduring legacies and new queries within its 'reflections' and 'futures'.


Description

With contributions from established and emerging scholars, this collection draws on original research to consider recent theoretical and methodological debates, shifts in law and policy, and social and cultural changes around sexuality. The book bridges identified gaps between theory, research methods and practice, and lived experiences across time and place. It reflects on the current wave of interdisciplinary work, setting out new ways of conceptualizing and researching sexuality and explores persistently marginalized, re-traditionalized and normative sexual practices, subjectivities and identities. This distinctive consideration of innovative contributions from across the humanities and social sciences places emergent debates, enduring legacies and new queries within its 'reflections' and 'futures'.


Reviews

'In this exciting new collection of work, readers can learn about emergent sexual identities, waning norms, new modes of family, alternative forms of intimacy and a full range of transitivities that characterize our current organizations of eros, embodiment and desire. This is an exciting anthology: it brims with newness, it points to new directions and it departs decisively from the the known and the humdrum. Hines and Taylor have begun many new conversations by combining this methodologically rich and unusual work into one volume. Sexualities will be a resource for sexuality researchers for decades to come!' - Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Feminist Research, University of Southern California, USA and author of Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal


Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Reflexive Sexualities and Reflexive Sociology; B.Heaphy
The Affect of Methods; J.Gabb
To Pass Without Hindrance: Citizenship, Community, Diversity – or Death; Y.Taylor
Telling Personal Stories in Academic Research Publications: Reflexivity, Intersubjectivity and Contextual Positionalities'; C.Klesse
Born This Way: Congenital Heterosexuals and the Making of Heteroflexibility; J.Ward
Straight Indiscretions or Queer Hypocrites: Public Negotiations of Identity and Sexual Behaviour; E.Shapiro
The Romantic Imaginary: Compulsory Coupledom & Single Existence; E.Wilkinson
Reimagining Families of Choice; R.Jones-Wild
The Politics of Sexuality in Portugal: Confronting Tradition, Enacting Change; A.Santos
Stirring it Up – Again: A Politics of Difference in the New Millennium; S.Hines
Erotic Care: A Queer Feminist Bathhouse and the Power of Attentive Action; D.Cooper
'Shanghai Goes West': A Story of the Development of a Commercial Gay Scene in China; C.Bassi
'Sexing Up' Bodily Aesthetics: Notes towards Theorizing Trans Sexuality; Z.Davy& E.Steinbock
Past, Present and Future: Exploring the Sexual Identities of People with Learning Difficulties; R.Garbutt
Index


Authors

SALLY HINES Director of Gender Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. Her work is concerned with transformations of gender, sexuality, intimacy and the body, feeding into theoretical debates around citizenship, recognition and social movements. These are brought together in her body of work on transgender, including Transforming Gender, Intimacy and Careand (with Tam Sanger) Transgender Identities.
YVETTE TAYLOR Professor in Social and Policy Studies and Head of the Weeks Centre, London South Bank University, UK. Her published books include Working-Class Lesbian Life, Lesbian and Gay Parenting and Fitting Into Place? She has made interventions on debates on 'intersectionality' with Classed Intersections (with S. Hines and M. Casey) and Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality.