An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture)

An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture)


An Interpretation of Desire deals a bracing selection of significant essays by way of John Gagnon, one of many top and most galvanizing figures in sexual learn. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, whilst he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social techniques and categories—thus paving the way in which for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope through the Nineteen Nineties, those essays represent a necessary entrée to the research of sexuality within the 20th century.

Gagnon will be top often called the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a publication that brought the seminal thought of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's greatly thought of to be crucial research of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays gathered the following first hint the impression of scripting thought on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric types of intercourse examine. the amount then turns to more moderen essays that think about such vexed concerns as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, detrimental intercourse, and the social features of sexually transmitted diseases.

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