Telling Sexual Stories Power, Change, and Social Worlds

ISBN-10: 0415102960
ISBN-13: 9780415102964
Edition: 1994
Authors: Ken Plummer
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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/21/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The world has become cluttered with sexual stories. From child abuse scandals to lesbians and gays coming out; from Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas to thetravailsof Michael Jackson; from sexual surveys to therapy groups--sexual talk has become more and more evident. Telling Sexual Storiesexplores the rites of a sexual storytelling culture. Taking three major examples--rape stories, coming-out stories, recovery stories--it examines the nature of these newly emerging narratives and the socio-historical conditions which give rise to them. It looks at the rise of the women's movement, the lesbian and gay movement and the "recovery" movement as harbingers of significant social change that encourage the telling of new stories. In a powerful concluding section the book turns out to the wider concern of how story telling may be changing in a postmodern culture and how central such storytelling may be in the creation of a participatory democratic political culture. Telling Sexual Storiesillustrates how "the narrative turn" of cultural studies may be taken up within sociology. It suggests that a sociology of stories asks different questions about stories to those posed within cultural studies. The fascination with texts--with narrative structure, genre and metaphor--is now supplemented with questions around the social and political role that stories play; with the social processes through which they are constructed and consumed; with the political changes that stories may encourage. This book is a major contribution to our understanding of sexuality and cultures of intimacy.

Preface
Entering the Story Zone
Prologue: the Culture of Sexual Story Telling
An Invitation to a Sociology of Stories
Making Sexual Stories Coming Out Everywhere: Modernist Stories of Desire, Danger and Recovery
Coming Out, Breaking the Silence and Recovering: Introducing Some Modernist Tales
Women's Culture and Rape Stories
The Modernisation of Gay and Lesbian Stories
Recovery Tales Sexual Stories at Century's End
The Tale and Its Time
The Shifting Sexual Stories of Late Modernity
Intimate Citizenship: the Politics of Sexual Story Telling
Epilogue: Beyond Stories: the Pragmatics of Story Telling
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