Forms of Desire: Sexual Orientation and the Social Constructionist Controversy

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Edward Stein
Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - Philosophy - 366 pages
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Perhaps the foremost issue in the emerging area of inquiry known as lesbian and gay studies is the social constructionist controversy. Social constructionism is the view that the categories of sexual orientation are cultural constructs rather than naturally universal categories.
Forms of Desire brings together important essays by social constructionists and their critics, representing several disciplines and approaches to this debate about the history and science of sexuality.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
1
Introduction
3
The Perverse Implantation
10
The Homosexual Role
25
Sexual Matters On Conceptualizing Sexuality in History
43
Making Up People
68
Sex and the Emergence of Sexuality
89
Concepts Experience and Sexuality
133
Reality or Social Construction?
175
Wrestling with the Social Boa Constructor
209
Gay Politics Ethnic Identity The Limits of Social Constructionism
239
Social Constructionism and the Study of Human Sexuality
294
Conclusion The Essentials of Constructionism and the Construction of Essentialism
325
Bibliography
355
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Edward Stein is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Research Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University. A specialist in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and gay and lesbian studies, he is co-founder of the Boston area Gay and Lesbian Academic Study Seminar.

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