In this new book, published in June 2012, the editors invite leading and new scholars and activists from across the globe to highlight tensions or ‘flash-points’ in contemporary debates about sexuality. The volume offers innovative ways forward in terms of thinking about sexuality – both theoretically and with respect to policy and programme development.
Over the course of the past thirty years, there has been an explosion of work on sexuality, both conceptually and methodologically. From a relatively limited, specialist field, the study of sexuality has expanded across a wide range of social sciences. Yet as the field has grown, it has become apparent that a number of leading edge critical issues remain.
This theory-building book explores some of the areas in which there is major and continuing debate, for example, about the relationship between sexuality and gender; about the nature and status of heterosexuality; about hetero- and homo-normativity; about the influence and intersection of class, race, age and other factors in sexual trajectories, identities and lifestyles; and about how best to understand the new forms of sexuality that are emerging in both rich world and developing world contexts. An extended essay by Henrietta Moore discussing the prismatic nature of sexuality and the history of its deployment introduces the volume.
The book is available from June 22nd 2012 from Routledge UK