Gender/Sexuality Reader Culture, History, Political Economy

ISBN-10: 0415910056
ISBN-13: 9780415910057
Edition: 1997
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List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/27/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

The Gender/Sexuality Readeris a sophisticated survey of the best recent work on bodies and desires across cultures and through time. Foregrounding ethnographic studies and social history, this anthology brings together an unusually broad selection of essays across the disciplines--essays that link the typically segregated topics of desire, demography, and nationalism; bodily adornment and violence against women; colonialism, gender, race, and sexuality. The settings of these rich studies are diverse: the contemporary United States, haunted by spectres of race and sex; post-Maoist China, whose love affair with the commodity draws on images of white-skinned women; modern clinics and hospitals, where new medical technologies pose unprecedented dilemmas; sexual subcultures as diverse as the lesbian community of San Francisco and carnival worlds in Brazil; and historical periods ranging from classical antiquity to postmodern Egypt. The topics these essays treat are likewise diverse and engaging:eugenics in Singapore, the political and economic context of motherhood in Brazil, rape and the inner lives of black American women, sex/culture wars in the US, the precariousness of sexual identity--and its political implications--in Nicaragua, and media representations of Africa. These essays develop the insights of social constructionism, showing how gender, sexuality, and power are historically connected and practically intertwined. Taken together, they also extend the reach of this approach, concretely connecting gender/sexuality to class, race, and nation. Contributors make use of postmodernism's topical mobility and cultural studies' thematic range while--in the best of the social science tradition--never losing sight of biology, political economy, and history. The editors' introduction situates this ground-breaking, contemporary work in the rise of feminist, gay poststructuralist, and political-economic theories, and illuminates the changing political contestations at the heart ofembodied desire.

Embodiments of History: Local Meanings, Global Economies
Moving Borders: Genders, Sexualities, Histories?
An introduction to the cultural ?
History of gender/sexuality: body politics at the ?
Convergence of colonialism, race, and class
Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Gender, Race, and Morality in Colonial Asia
Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body
White Lies, Black Myths: Rape, Race and the Black "Underclass"
Modes of Reproduction: Kinship, Parenthood, States Is the family universal?
Are mothers invariably nurturing?
How kinship, technology, and politics construct pregnancy, parenting, and reproduction
Is There a Family?
New Anthropological Views
Lifeboat Ethics: Mother Love and Child Death in Northeast Brazil
Population: Delusion and Reality
State Fatherhood: The Politics of Nationalism, Sexuality and Race in Singapore
Gender in the Post-Socialist Transition: The Abortion Debate in Hungary
Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reproduction
The Social Construction of Identities: Comparative Sexualities
Sexual identities in the context of political economy, kinship systems, family structures, and historical change
Sex and Society: A Research Note from Social History and Anthropology
Capitalism and Gay Identity
Transformations of Homosexuality-Based Classifications
Seed of the Nation: Men's Sex and Potency in Mexico
Making Marks and Drawing Boundaries: Corporeal Practices
Bodies of Knowledge and the Politics of Representation -- How representations of various sorts--scientific, medical and academic--are affected by, and in turn affect, body politics--and what this implies for how we live
Secrets of God, Nature, and Life
Orgasm, Generation, and the Politics of Reproductive Biology
How to Build a Man
Baboons with Briefcases vs. Langurs with Lipstick: Feminism and Functionalism in Primate Studies
The Violence of Rhetoric: On Representation and Gender
From Nation to Family: Containing African AIDS
The Color of Sex: Postwar Photographic Histories of Race and Gender in National Geographic Magazine
Marks and Signs: The Social Skin
Body marks, body meanings: arguments on female circumcision, Victorian clitoridectomy, and plastic surgery
Womb as Oasis: The Symbolic Context of Pharaonic Circumcision in Rural Northern Sudan

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