Social Psychology and Human Sexuality: Essential Readings

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Roy F. Baumeister
Psychology Press, 2001 - Medical - 354 pages
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The study of human sexuality has often been approached from clinical, medical, physiological and technical perspectives, but the social aspect of sexuality has been neglected in the past. This volume presents a selected group of influential articles dealing specifically with the social aspects of sexuality. It offers an introduction for students wishing to understand sex as an activity that human beings do with each other, and it complements the how-to and biological approaches that prevail in many textbooks. Topics covered include crucial differences between male and female sexuality, losing virginity, the competing versus complementary influences of nature and culture, sexual harassment, rape and coercion, jealousy, social influences on sexual orientation, and the sexual exploits of students on spring break. The book begins with an original chapter by Roy Baumeister. It comments on the state of research in the social aspects of sexuality and then goes on to sketch out an integrative overview of how social processes can shape a broad variety of sexual behaviours.
 

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Contents

Gender and Sexual Behavior
25
READING 2
50
READING 3
57
READING 4
95
Virginity
135
P A R T 4
155
of Canadian Students
173
P A R T 5
187
READING 12
244
READING 13
256
P A R T 7
275
READING 15
285
P A R T 8
293
P A R T 9
315
Appendix How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology
327
Author Index
337

READING 9
213
P A R T 6
221
Deprivation
236

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Roy F. Baumeister is the Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Baumeister has worked at Case Western Reserve University, as well as the University of Texas, University of Virginia, Max-Planck-Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Baumeister's has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Templeton Foundation. His research spans the areas of self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation. He is the author of nearly 400 publications. His books include Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty , The Cultural Animal , Meanings of Life and Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

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