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Human Sexuality Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0789026724
ISBN-13: 9780789026729
Edition: 2009
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List price: $113.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

'Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Sexuality' provides a broad analysis of this crucial basic aspect of life. The text fuses biological, socio-psychological, and cultural influences to offer an original perspective to understanding human sexuality.

The authors are all faculty members in the liberal arts and sciencesnbsp;at Elon University in North Carolina. Theynbsp;share teaching responsibilities fornbsp;a course called Undertstanding the Global Experience that is required of all first-year students.

List of illustrations
List of tables
About the authors
About the contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter overview
The anthropological perspective
Summary
Suggested resources
Biological, psychological, and cultural approaches
Chapter overview
Anthropological perspectives in contrast
Definitions of human sexuality
Biological definitions and dimensions
Summary
Suggested resources
The evolutionary history of human sexuality
Chapter overview
Arboreal and terrestrial adaptations
Evolution of the brain
Evolution of the human family
Female sexuality
Human evolution: a synthesis
Summary
Suggested resources
Introduction to the hormonal basis of modern human sexuality
Chapter overview
Definitions of auxiliary terms and concepts
Summary
Suggested resources
Modern human male anatomy and physiology
Chapter overview
Secondary sex characteristics
Primary sex characteristics
Summary
Suggested resources
Modern human female anatomy and physiology
Chapter overview
Secondary sex characteristics
Primary sex characteristics
Menstrual cycle
Reproductive technology
Summary
Suggested resources
Fertility, conception, and sexual differentiation
Chapter overview
Fertility and infertility
Conception
Overview of intersexed individuals
Transgendered people
Homosexuality
Summary
Suggested resources
Pregnancy and childbirth as a bio-cultural experience
Chapter overview
The fetus
The pregnant female
Birthing models
Postpartum
Summary
Suggested resources
Early childhood sexuality
Chapter overview
Definitions
Incest taboos
Theories of childhood sexuality
Cultural relativism and childhood sexual behavior
Summary
Suggested resources
Puberty and adolescence
Chapter overview
Puberty and adolescence: a bio-cultural phenomenon
Puberty rituals: initiation ceremonies as rites of passage
Female genital cutting
Male insemination rites: the Sambia
Adolescent sexual behavior: nonindustrialized countries
General trends in nonindustrialized and industrialized countries
Adolescent sexuality: a focus on industrialized countries
Adolescent sterility/fertility
Sex education in the United States
Comparison and contrast: preparation for and transition to adulthood
Summary
Suggested resources
Topics in adult sexuality: human sexual response
Chapter overview
Experiencing sexuality and human sexual response (HSR)
The cross-cultural spectrum: indigenous and nonindustrialized sexuality
Theories of sexology in industrialized society
Overview of U.S. sexual attitudes
Problems in sexual response: diagnosis and disagreements
Summary
Suggested resources
Topics in adult sexuality: birth control
Chapter overview
Birth control: practices and prevalence in industrialized and nonindustrialized nations
Abortion
Traditional methods of birth control in cross-cultural context
Summary
Suggested resources
Topics in adult sexuality: life course issues related to gender identity, gender roles, and aging
Chapter overview
Gender variance: the transgender identity and cross-cultural gender diversity
The many faces and voices of transgendered people
Cross-cultural gender roles: a synopsis
Intimacy
Biological, psychological, and cultural aspects of aging and sexuality
Summary
Suggested resources
Sexual orientations, behaviors, and lifestyles
Chapter overview
Sexual orientations
Causes of sexual orientation
Parenting styles
Sexual orientations cross-culturally
Gender roles
Summary
Suggested resources
HIV and AIDS
Chapter overview
Introduction
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Modes of transmission and co-factors
Biomedical aspects of HIV/AIDS
HIV testing
Sex and HIV/AIDS
Drugs, needles, and HIV
Women and HIV/AIDS
Political and economic dimensions of HIV/AIDS
Summary
Suggested resources
Globalization and sexuality: the meaning and issues of "sex work"
Chapter overview
Globalization
Globalization and sexuality: trafficking
Sex work
Sex work in industrialized societies
Sex work in nonindustrialized societies
A critical review of trafficking
Sex work, globalization, and HIV
Summary
Suggested resources
Summary and conclusion
Chapter overview
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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