Sexuality, 3rd Edition (Key Ideas) by Jeffrey Weeks

By Jeffrey Weeks

For over two decades, Sexuality has supplied a innovative creation to debates approximately sexualities, gender, and intimate lifestyles. prior versions integrated pioneering discussions of the historic shaping of sexuality, id politics, the increase of fundamentalism, the social influence of AIDS, the effect of the recent genetics, ‘global sex’, queer conception, ‘sex wars’, the debates approximately values, new styles of intimacy, and masses extra. during this new version, Jeffrey Weeks deals an intensive replace of those debates, and introduces new techniques and concerns. Globalization is now a key approach of realizing the reshaping of sexual existence, and is mentioned on the subject of international flows, neo-liberalism, new different types of competition, cosmopolitanism and the heated debates round intercourse trafficking and intercourse tourism. Arguments in regards to the law and keep watch over of sexuality, and the intersection of assorted dimensions of energy and domination are contextualised through a sustained argument in regards to the value of supplier in remaking sexual and intimate lifestyles. specifically, new kinds of Lesbian, homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer politics, and the excessive effect of the debates approximately same-sex marriage are explored. those controversies, in flip, feed into debates approximately what's ‘transgressive’, ‘normal’, ‘ordinary’; into the character of heter-normativity; and into the meanings of variety and selection. To finish, the ebook turns to questions of values and ethics, acceptance, sexual citizenship and human sexual rights. This booklet screens the succinctness, readability and comprehensiveness for which Jeffrey Weeks has turn into popular. it's going to entice quite a lot of readers the world over.

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First, there is a general rejection of sex as an autonomous realm, a natural domain with specific effects, a rebellious energy that the social controls. We can no longer set ‘sex’ against ‘society’ as if they were separate domains. Second, there is a widespread recognition of the social variability of sexual forms, beliefs, ideologies, identities and behaviour, and of the existence of different sexual cultures. Sexuality has a history, or more realistically, many histories, each of which needs to be understood both in its uniqueness and as part of an intricate pattern.

Yet by the turn of the new millennium, while moral fundamentalism still flourished across the globe, it had become clear that rapid social and cultural change were relentlessly undermining traditional patterns, giving rise to a heightened sexual individualism, and new claims for ‘sexual citizenship’. A series of concerns are crystallized in all these crises and critical moments: with the norms of family life, the relations between men and women, the nature of female sexuality, the question of sexual variation, the relations between adults and children, and so on.

They are a result of diverse social practices that give meaning to human activities, of social definitions and selfdefinitions, of struggles between those who have power to define and regulate, and those who resist. ‘Sexuality’ is not a given, it is a product of negotiation, struggle and human agency. Nothing is sexual, Plummer has suggested, but the naming makes it so (Plummer 1975). If this is the case, it follows that we need to move gingerly in applying the dominant Western definitions to non-Western cultures.

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