Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture
By (author) Gail Hawkes
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Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture by Gail Hawkes
Book DescriptionSex and Pleasure in Western Culture provides the first comprehensive overview of desire and pleasure in western sexual culture. It argues that both have always been seen as socially disruptive and morally dangerous and offers an entertaining account of the methods by which these attributes of sex were managed across the centuries from Classical Antiquity to the present day. The book develops the hypothesis that, while expressed in very different social contexts, sexual pleasure has evoked very similar anxieties. The text draws on historical, cultural, sociological and contemporary sources and is easily accessible for both the general reader and students of gender and sexual culture. In addition to telling a story of its own, Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture examines lesser--known aspects of sexual history that invite further exploration by the interested reader. These range from sexual aestheticism in the 4th century AD and the sexual meaning of medieval church gargoyles, through to sexual training in the 1950s and 21st century sex holidays. The book will provide a compelling read for both students of sexuality and lay readers who find the complexities of human sexuality a source of fascination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745616704
(232mm x 160mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity, Hardback (April 2010)
This ground-breaking work provides the first history of ideas about the sexual child in modernity. Beginning with twenty-first century panics about sexualization, the authors address why the sexual child excites such powerful emotions in the Anglophone west.
Perspectives in Human Sexuality, Paperback (December 2004)
This text provides an authoritative and critical overview of key debates, research findings and theories in the important area of sex and sexuality.
Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture, Paperback (May 2004)
* has a comprehensive sweep, employing material from a wide range of contemporary and historical sources. * identifies connecting themes between historical periods and therefore clarifies present complexities in sexual culture.
Sociology of Sex and Sexuality, Paperback (March 1996)» View all books by Gail Hawkes
A Sociology of Sex and Sexuality offers an historical sociological analysis of ideas about expressions of sexual desire, combining both primary and secondary historical and theoretical material with original research and popular imagery in the contemporary context.
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Author Biography - Gail Hawkes
Gail Hawkes is Lecturer in Sociology at University of New England, Armidale, Australia
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