Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life

A Reader

Author: Karen E. Lovaas,Mercilee M. Jenkins

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412914437

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 327

View: 7071

Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life: A Reader is a groundbreaking anthology on the role of communication in the construction and performance of sexualities in interpersonal contexts and in public discourses. Editors Karen E. Lovaas and Mercilee M. Jenkins bring together an interdisciplinary collection which include excerpts from foundational works, recent journal articles, and original pieces written specifically for this text.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Sexualities and Popular Culture

Author: Carl Bryan Holmberg

Publisher: Sage Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 297

View: 1131

Sexualities and Popular Culture is an exploration into the study of popular culture and its influence on how we perceive the endless varieties of the sexualized human presentation of self in everyday life. Author Carl B. Holmberg presents a short history of the notion of popular culture and communication, giving clear definitions and generous examples that illustrate the evolving portrayal of human sexuality. Holmberg gathers evidence from the 'popular' inherent in all aspects of our culture - from familiar sources such books, film, magazines, and television, to less common ones such as prehistoric texts, sports, and everyday popular practices - to explain how pervasively popular culture communicates sexuality to us and through us.
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Sexuality and Aging

Clinical Perspectives

Author: Jennifer Hillman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461433991

Category: Psychology

Page: 316

View: 9144

Despite continuing ageist beliefs that sexuality is a privilege designed only for the young and physically healthy, research continues to indicate that the majority of older adults maintain interest in sexuality and may engage in fulfilling sexual behavior well into their last decade of life. Unfortunately, many professionals remain unaware of general knowledge of elderly sexuality, including the expected and normal physiological changes that can occur within the context of both male and female aging. The presence of chronic illness and other medical problems certainly can influence the expression of an aging adult’s sexuality, and emergent research suggests that there are effective ways to cope with menopause, heart disease, arthritis, incontinence, diabetes, sleep disorders, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction (ED), among others. Dramatic changes have taken place within the last decade alone in terms of non-surgical treatment for incontinence and ED, with forms of sex therapy, biofeedback, and PDE-5 inhibitors. Regrettably, many aging adults and their care providers remain unaware of their increased risk factors for STDs, including HIV infection via lack of knowledge, changes in the vaginal lining, and typical declines in immune function. Estimates suggest that by the year 2020, more than half of all individuals living with HIV will be over the age of 50. Although some high quality professional books are available for clinicians, they tend to be disjointed research bibliographies, edited volumes on a narrowly focused aspect of elderly sexuality, or texts that are more than 10 years old. With the extent of new information available regarding sexuality and aging, an up to date, empirically based text is necessary.
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The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality

Author: Clarissa Smith,Feona Attwood,Brian McNair

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351685554

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 2611

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of the ways in which sex and sexualities are mediated in modern media and everyday life. The 40 chapters in this volume offer a snapshot of the remarkable diversification of approaches and research within the field, bringing together a wide range of scholars and researchers from around the world and from different disciplinary backgrounds including cultural studies, education, history, media studies, sexuality studies and sociology. The volume presents a broad array of global and transnational issues and intersectional perspectives, as authors address a series of important questions that have consequences for current and future thinking in the field. Topics explored include post-feminism, masculinities, media industries, queer identities, video games, media activism, music videos, sexualisation, celebrities, sport, sex-advice books, pornography and erotica, and social and mobile media. The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is an essential guide to the central ideas, concepts and debates currently shaping research in mediated sexualities and the connections between conceptions of sexual identity, bodies and media technologies.
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Sexuality and Public Space in India

Reading the Visible

Author: Carmel Christy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317312643

Category: Social Science

Page: 130

View: 1354

The topic of sexuality and gender within the South Asian context is timely and widely discussed across a variety of academic disciplines. Since the end of the last century, there have been debates in the cultural sphere in India on issues concerning Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender people’s rights, gender, sex workers’ rights and caste. There has also been an explicit visibility for sexuality in the form of discussion around intimate scenes in films, advertisements and moral concerns around pre-marital heterosexual relationships and same-sex relationships. This book brings out the modalities through which explicit visibility of sexuality gets constituted in the public space of India after the 1990s. The specificities through which relations of gender/ sexuality and caste get constituted and performed in regional media provide significant entry points to an understanding of larger structures and the ever-present fissures through which these larger structures emerge. Focussing on the southern state of Kerala, the book investigates women’s sexuality and caste through a number of case studies: the Suryanelli rape case, neology in the media and the debates around the life narratives of Nalini Jameela, a sex worker. The book does not stop at representational practices as it also looks at the negotiations between the subject and her represented figures which is a significant addition to the existing body of work in the field of media and gender studies. Sexuality and Public Space in India is a careful interrogation of the mass-mediatized space of contemporary public discourse around sexuality. It will be of interest to academics in South Asian Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies.
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Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life

Author: Peter Nynäs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317067274

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 5456

Exploring the intersection between religion, gender and sexuality within the context of everyday life, this volume examines contested identities, experiences, bodies and desires on the individual and collective levels. With rich case studies from the UK, USA, Europe, and Asia, Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life sheds light on the manner in which individuals appropriate, negotiate, transgress, invert and challenge the norms and models of various religions in relation to gender and sexuality, and vice versa. Drawing on fascinating research from around the world, this book charts central features of the complexities involved in everyday life, examining the messiness, limits, transformations and possibilities that occur when subjectivities, religious and cultural traditions, and politics meet within the local as well as transnational contexts. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography and cultural studies examining questions of religion and spirituality, gender and sexuality, and individual and collective identities in contemporary society.
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Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life

Author: Marjorie Garber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136612831

Category: Art

Page: 624

View: 1275

"Bisexuality is about three centuries overdue . . . nevertheless, here it is: a learned, witty study of how our curious culture has managed to get everything wrong about sex." -Gore Vidal
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The SAGE Handbook of Communication and Instruction

Author: Deanna L. Fassett,John T. Warren

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483305481

Category: Education

Page: 488

View: 3793

As the only multi-paradigmatic collection of research in the field, this Handbook brings together a comprehensive range of essays to serve as a fully inclusive resource. Deanna L. Fassett and John T. Warren, along with two section editors and twenty-nine additional contributors, provide a balanced overview of various paradigms in the field—social scientific, interpretive, and critical. Key Features Three sections, addressing overlapping issues in communication and instruction, collectively represent multiple paradigms. This allows the reader to experience the depth and nuance available in communications studies. Each perspective is granted its own foundational chapter to provide an orientation to the discipline. Each contributor sets the agenda for their approach, helping the reader identify where the field is headed and where future research might be beneficial. Besides reviews of extant literature, demonstrating where the field has been, this Handbook also includes chapters that share topical new findings.
Posted in Education

Communication in Everyday Life

A Survey of Communication

Author: Steve Duck,David T. McMahan

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506315178

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

View: 6521

Explore fundamental communication concepts, theories, and skills aimed at helping students apply communication skills to their personal and professional lives—with a thematic integration of the relational perspective and a focus on demonstrating its direct relevance to their own everyday communication.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

National Politics and Sexuality in Transregional Perspective

The Homophobic Argument

Author: Achim Rohde,Christina von Braun,Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317090004

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 4182

National Politics and Sexuality in Transregional Perspective explores how modern identity politics around the world are gendered and sexualized in multiple ways. Constructions of the imagined collective "self" often contain references to a heteronormative order, whereas relevant internal or external "others" are often felt to deviate from this order through their gendered or sexual practices. By contrast, some Western countries have witnessed the evolution of LGBTQI-friendly discourses by certain political actors in recent years, often in the context of the post-9/11 culture wars. This pathbreaking book focuses on perceptions of "self" and "other" in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa from a gendered perspective. It deals with anti-LGBTQI as well as LGBTQI-friendly aspects of modern culture and politics in countries within these regions, focusing on the functions such discursive markers play in nationalist and racist imageries, in discourses legitimizing class differences from the nineteenth century to the present day, including globalized discourses in the context of 9/11 and its aftermath. It shows that discourses on sexuality and gendered performances in everyday life often undermine the stability of such binary constructions, as they point to the multiplicity, ambivalence and the indeterminate character of individual and collective identities under conditions of modernity. Addressing contemporary identity politics both in a wider historical context and within a transregional comparative framework thus helps to discern differences and similarities between different world regions and serves to dislocate essentialized notions of cultural differences based on gender and sex. This book will appeal to those with an interest in Political Sociology, Gender Studies, and Globalisation.
Posted in Social Science

Consumer Sexualities

Women and Sex Shopping

Author: Rachel Wood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315447509

Category: Social Science

Page: 156

View: 3725

Consumer Sexualities explores women’s experiences of shopping in ‘sex shops’ and using sexual commodities in their everyday lives. This enlightening volume shows how women take up sexual consumer ‘technologies of the self’ to work upon and understand themselves as confident and active sexual agents in postfeminist neoliberal culture. In guiding the reader through the historical emergence of sexual commodities ‘for women’ in feminism and postfeminism, Wood points to the normalisation and regulation of sexual practices and identities in and through consumption. Indeed, women’s accounts show the work involved in constructing the ‘right’ – knowledgeable, tasteful, and confident – orientation to sexual consumption and, by extension, in becoming an intelligibly ‘good’ sexual person. At the same time, the author draws upon de Certeau to show how the ordinary contexts in which sexual commodities are used can lead to unpredictable moments of adaptation, discomfort, playfulness, and resistance. A rich analysis of women’s everyday strategies of ‘making do’ with the kinds of femininity and female sexuality that sex shop culture represents, Consumer Sexualities will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and gender studies with interests in gender, sexuality, sex, and consumption.
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Struggling for Ordinary

Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life

Author: Andre Cavalcante

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479864587

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 8550

An in-depth look at the role of media in the struggle for transgender inclusion From television shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent, to the real-life struggles of Caitlyn Jenner splashed across the headlines, transgender visibility is on the rise. But what was it like to live as a transgender person in a media environment before this transgender boom in television? While pop culture imaginations of transgender identity flourish and shape audience’s perceptions of trans identities, what does this new media visibility mean for transgender individuals themselves? Struggling for Ordinary engagingly answers these questions, offering a snapshot of how transgender individuals made their way toward a sense of ordinary life by integrating available media into their everyday experiences. Drawing on in-depth interviews with transgender communities, Andre Cavalcante offers a richly detailed account of how the media impacts the lives and experiences of transgender individuals. He grippingly looks at the emotional toll that media takes on this population along with their resilience in the face of disempowerment. Deeply rooted in the life stories of transgender people, the book uses everyday circumstances to show how media and technology operate as a medium through which transgender individuals are able to cultivate an understanding of their identities, build inhabitable worlds, and achieve the routine affordances of everyday life from which they are often excluded. Expertly researched and eloquently argued, Struggling for Ordinary sheds a fascinating new light of the everyday struggles of individuals and communities, to seek a life in which transgender identity is fully integrated into the ordinary.
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Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia

Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations

Author: Linda Rae Bennett,Sharyn Graham Davies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317910966

Category: Social Science

Page: 326

View: 8459

Winner of the 2015 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Edited Volume Sex, sexuality and sexual relationships are hotly debated in Indonesia, triggering complex and often passionate responses. This innovative volume explores these issues in a variety of ways. It highlights historical and newer forms of sexual diversity, as well as the social responses they provoke. It critiques differing representations of sexuality, pointing to the multiplicity of discourses within which sexuality and ‘the sexual’ are understood in modern-day Indonesia. Placing sexuality centre-stage and locating it within the specific historical context of the Reformasi era, this landmark volume explores understandings and practices across a wide variety of sites, focusing in on a diverse group of Indonesian actors, and the contested meanings that sexuality carries. Beginning with a substantive introduction and concluding with a scholarly reflection on key issues, the volume is framed around the four themes of sexual politics, health, diversity and representations. It seeks both to present new empirical findings as well as to add to existing theoretical analysis. This work fills an important gap in our understanding of the evolution and contemporary dynamics of Indonesian sexualities. It will be of interest to scholars and academics from disciplines including gender and sexuality studies, global health, sexual and reproductive health, anthropology, sociology and Asian studies.
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De-Centring Western Sexualities

Central and Eastern European Perspectives

Author: Dr Robert Kulpa,Ms Joanna Mizielinska

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409492907

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 3883

De-Centring Western Sexualities critically assesses the current state of knowledge about sexualities outside the framings of 'The West', by focusing on gender and sexuality within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. Providing rich case studies drawn from a range of "post-communist" countries, this interdisciplinary volume brings together the latest research on the formation of sexualities in Central and Eastern Europe, alongside analyses of the sexual and national identity politics of the region. Engaged with current debates within queer studies surrounding temporality and knowledge production, and inspired by post-colonial critique, the book problematises the Western hegemony that often characterises sexuality studies, and presents local theoretical insights better attuned to their geo-temporal realities. As such, it offers a cultural and social re-evaluation of everyday life experiences, and will be of interest to sociologists, queer studies scholars, geographers and anthropologists.
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Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals

A Practical Guide

Author: Christina Richards,Meg Barker

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446293130

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

View: 6788

Questions of sexuality and gender affect everyone and therefore have an inevitable relevance in the consulting room. Yet with interpretations and manifestations of both varying greatly from person to person, understanding the inherent complexities of sexuality and gender can be a daunting task for the health professional. Breaking down these complexities this practical guide familiarises the reader with all of the common and many of the less common sexualities, genders and relationship forms, and explains experiences and issues relating to each. The book contains: -Explanations of various forms of sexuality, gender and relationship structures -Common concerns relating to specific groups -Key practises relating to specific groups -The treatment of specific groups in contemporary Western society -Details of some rules and ideals that are commonly found within specific groups -Suggestions for professional practice with these groups Ideal for all members of the multidisciplinary team, this accessible book is relevant to practitioners across theoretical backgrounds. Whether you are a trainee or qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, nurse, medic, psychiatrist, social worker or applied psychologist, this is a vital text for your professional practice. CHRISTINA RICHARDS is Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Identity Clinic. MEG BARKER is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a sex and relationship therapist.
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Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship

Author: Peter Aggleton,Rob Cover,Deana Leahy,Daniel Marshall,Mary Lou Rasmussen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351214721

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 4390

Sexual citizenship is a powerful concept associated with debates about recognition and exclusion, agency, respect and accountability. For young people in general and for gender and sexually diverse youth in particular, these debates are entangled with broader imaginings of social transitions: from ‘child’ to ‘adult’and from ‘unreasonable subject’ to one ‘who can consent’. This international and interdisciplinary collection identifies and locates struggles for recognition and inclusion in particular contexts and at particular moments in time, recognising that sexual and gender diverse young people are neither entirely vulnerable nor self-reliant. Focusing on the numerous domains in which debates about youth, sexuality and citizenship are enacted and contested, Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship explores young people’s experiences in diverse but linked settings: in the family, at school and in college, in employment, in social media and through engagement with health services. Bookended by reflections from Jeffrey Weeks and and Susan Talburt, the book’s empirically grounded chapters also engage with the key debates outlined in it's scholarly introduction. This innovative book is of interest to students and scholars of gender and sexuality, health and sex education, and youth studies, from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, including sociology, education, nursing, social work and youth work.
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Feeling Normal

Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age

Author: F. Hollis Griffin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780253024558

Category: Digital media

Page: 190

View: 3881

The explosion of cable networks, cinema distributors, and mobile media companies explicitly designed for sexual minorities in the contemporary moment has made media culture a major factor in what it feels like to be a queer person. F. Hollis Griffin demonstrates how cities offer a way of thinking about that phenomenon. By examining urban centers in tandem with advertiser-supported newspapers, New Queer Cinema and B-movies, queer-targeted television, and mobile apps, Griffin illustrates how new forms of LGBT media are less "new" than we often believe. He connects cities and LGBT media through the experiences they can make available to people, which Griffin articulates as feelings, emotions, and affects. He illuminates how the limitations of these experiences--while not universally accessible, nor necessarily empowering--are often the very reasons why people find them compelling and desirable.
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Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography

Author: Andrew Gorman-Murray,Barbara Pini,Lia Bryant

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739169378

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 1941

This edited book offers a detailed examination of the interstices of ruralities and sexualities over a number of different countries, focusing a geographical lens on the relationships between sexualities and the spaces and tropes of rural life. Collectively, the contributors reveal how sexual identities, imaginaries and experiences are understood and practiced in relation to intimacies, institutions, mobilities, communities, and economic and social modes of production and consumption.
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Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

Author: Susie Jolly,Andrea Cornwall,Kate Hawkins

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780325738

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2042

This pioneering collection explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women. Gender and development has tended to engage with sexuality only in relation to violence and ill-health. Although this has been hugely important in challenging violence against women, over-emphasizing these negative aspects has dovetailed with conservative ideologies that associate women’s sexualities with danger and fear. On the other hand, the media, the pharmaceutical industry, and pornography more broadly celebrate the pleasures of sex in ways that can be just as oppressive, often implying that only certain types of people - young, heterosexual, able-bodied, HIV-negative - are eligible for sexual pleasure. Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure brings together challenges to these strictures and exclusions from both the South and North of the globe, with examples of activism, advocacy and programming which use pleasure as an entry point. It shows how positive approaches to pleasure and sexuality can enhance equality and empowerment for all.
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Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics [2 volumes]

Author: Susan Talburt

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440850402

Category: Psychology

Page: 524

View: 627

These volumes offer an in-depth analysis of youth sexualities as they shape and are shaped by public feelings and by American social, cultural, and political contexts. • Focuses on a range of youth sexualities and experiences • Offers an innovative analysis of the role of public feelings to show how adults monitor youth sexualities and how youth actively respond • Provides researchers, policymakers, activists, NGO workers, educators, and communities new lenses through which to understand youth sexualities • Shows how activists work to include and address youth perspectives on difficult or unpopular topics • Incorporates the contributors' expertise in disciplines ranging from women's, gender, and sexuality studies to educational and cultural studies to communication, rhetoric, anthropology, and sociology • Connects research in youth sexualities to the increasingly influential "affective turn" perspective of critical theory
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