Culture, society and sexuality: a reader by Peter Aggleton, Richard Parker

By Peter Aggleton, Richard Parker

This new and revised version of Culture, Society and Sexuality brings jointly and makes available a huge and overseas choice of readings to supply insights into the social, cultural, political and financial dimensions of sexuality and relationships, and rising discourses round sexual and reproductive rights.
Clearly dependent and provided, the booklet makes an exceptionally priceless reference for college kids and researchers. part one specializes in the social and cultural building of sexuality as an rising box of inquiry over the process fresh many years, and examines probably the most very important theoretical insights and components of research that experience emerged as this box has constructed. part hyperlinks study at the development of sexuality to a transforming into physique of labor on gender and sexuality with regards to quite a lot of useful concerns and modern social coverage debates.
It is a necessary reader not just for college kids and researchers in those parts, but in addition for activists, medical experts and repair companies, who day-by-day confront functional and coverage matters with regards to sexuality, sexual future health and sexual rights.

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Padgug [1979] Sexuality – the subject matter seems so obvious that it hardly appears to need comment. An immense and ever-increasing number of ‘discourses’ have been devoted to its exploration and control during the last few centuries, and their very production has, as Foucault points out (Foucault, 1978), been a major characteristic of bourgeois society. Yet, ironically, as soon as we attempt to apply the concept to history, apparently insurmountable problems confront us. 1 In the course of his account of the luxurious habits of Polykrates, Alexis stresses his numerous imports of foreign goods, and adds: ‘Because of all this there is good reason to marvel at the fact that the tyrant is not mentioned as having sent for women or boys from anywhere, despite his passion for liaisons with males … ’.

If we compare human sexuality with that of other species, we are immediately struck by its richness, its vast scope, and the degree to which its potentialities can seemingly be built upon endlessly, implicating the entire human world. Animal sexuality, by contrast, appears limited, constricted, and pre-defined in a narrow physical sphere. This is not to deny that human sexuality, like animal sexuality, is deeply involved with physical reproduction and with intercourse and its pleasures. Biological sexuality is the necessary precondition for human sexuality.

The cultural scenario that loses its coercive powers also loses its predictability and frequently becomes merely a legitimating reference or explanation. The failure of the coercive powers of cultural scenarios occasions anomie, personal alienation and uncertainty. Much of the passionate intensity associated with anomic behaviour might best be interpreted as restorative efforts, often desperate efforts at effecting a restoration of a more cohesive self, reinforced by effective social ties. Anomie feeds on the ultimate dependence upon collective life that describes all human experience.

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