The Sexual Self: The Construction of Sexual Scripts

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Vanderbilt University Press, 2007 - Social Science - 298 pages
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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Contents

The Sexual Self in Late Modernity Stevi Jackson
3
A Note on Revisiting
16
Exploring
31
Friendship Sex and Masculinity Peter M Nardi
49
SEXUAL SCRIPTS
61
The Social Construction of Heterosexuality Pepper Schwartz
80
Shapes of Desire Arlene Stein
93
Masculinity Sexual Initiation and Contemporary Sexual Scripts
105
Sex Intimacy and Family Life in the United States Edward O Laumann
165
Intersubjectivity among Gay Men
191
SEXUAL POLITICS
207
A Fateful New Element in Sexual Scripts
239
Sex Research Cultural Scenarios
249
This
256
Postscript
265
Selected Publications
289

Relationship Innovation in Male Couples Barry D Adam
122
Mens Scripts about Sexual
141
Contributors
295
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Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, is author of The Gendered Society, The Gender of Desire, and Manhood in America, among other books.

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