Sexual Self The Construction of Sexual Scripts

ISBN-10: 0826515592

ISBN-13: 9780826515599

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael Kimmel

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In the late 1960s two sociologists, John Gagnon and William Simon, developed the concept of sexual scripts as part of a larger project of treating sexuality like any other social phenomenon. In the end, their vision of social construction turned Kinsey on his head, and their model became the dominant paradigm of social science inquiry into human sexuality, and spurred the development of an entire field of Sexuality Studies. Sexual activity, they argued, was like other social processes, yet one of increasing importance in the construction of the self. Michael Kimmel has gathered together essays from three generations of scholars influenced by this perspective on sexuality. These include many of the foremost social scientists writing and researching sexuality today. The book begins with Kimmel's reflections on the unusual careers of Gagnon and Simon, examines the construction of both sexual identity and sexual behaviors in a variety of settings, and ends with the two of them speaking in their own provocative voices about their perspective in interviews conducted originally for a German journal in 1998.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction : John Gagnon and the sexual self
The sexual self in late modernity
Queers, bodies, and postmodern sexualities : a note on revisiting the "sexual" in symbolic interactionism
In search of sexual subjectivities : exploring the sociological construction of sexual selves
Friendship, sex, and masculinity
Scripting the sex : fantasy, narrative, and sexual scripts in pornographic films
The social construction of heterosexuality
Shapes of desire
"It's less work for us and it shows us she has good taste" : masculinity, sexual initiation, and contemporary sexual scripts
Relationship innovation in male couples
Miscommunication and misinterpretations : men's scripts about sexual communication and unwanted sex in interactions with women
Sex, intimacy, and family life in the United States
Sexual scripting and self-process : intersubjectivity among gay men
Sexual development, social oppression, and local culture
Sexuopharmacology : a fateful new element in sexual scripts
"The badlands of desire" : sex research, cultural scenarios, and the politics of knowledge production
Postscript : the never-ending conversation : two interviews
John H. Gagnon : selected publications
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