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Lesbian and Gay Studies An Introductory, Interdisciplinary Approach by Theo Sandfort
  

Lesbian and Gay Studies An Introductory, Interdisciplinary Approach

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Lesbian and Gay Studies An Introductory, Interdisciplinary Approach by Theo Sandfort

This timely book seeks to demonstrate the coherence of lesbian and gay studies. It introduces the reader to the principal inter-disciplinary approaches in the field and critically assesses their strengths and weaknesses whilst asking: What is lesbian and gay studies? When did it emerge? And what are its achievements and research agenda? The gay and lesbian movement has emerged as a major political and cultural force. It poses a series of far reaching questions about the organization of identity, the operation of power and the limits of tolerance. Lesbian and Gay Studies has emerged as a vital and enriching field. It offers challenges to more traditional disciplines and requires new forms of thought about the connections between academic work and personal politics. Prof. W.G.J. Duyvendak's website

Reviews

`The collection attempts to summarise research and theory on lesbian and gay isseus in these diverse disciplines and to give the reader a better idea of the scope and possibilities for growth in lesbian and gay studies. To achieve this, each author has written a chapter on lesbian and gay studies from their own disciplinary perspective. This has produced an eclectic mix of papers with a Eurocentric focus...most of the chapters are useful in that they give the reader a sense of how lesbian and gay-related research has been carried out historically within different fields and what the current state of play is in each area. The majority of chapters have comprehensive bibliographies and therefore make good jumping-off points for interested readers' - Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review


About the Author

Theo Sandfort, trained as a social psychologist, was a tenured, Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Director of the Research Program Diversity, Lifestyles and Health at the Netherlands Institute of Social Sexological Research (NISSO). Since 2001 he is Associate Professor and Research Scientist at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. Since his time as a graduate student Theo Sandfort has been involved in numerous basic and applied empirical investigations in the field of sexuality and health. He has worked as interviewer, research assistant, principal investigator and project leader. In terms of research methods he is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He was involved in large as well as small-scale studies, aimed at surveying sexual behavior and attitudes, identifying determinants of health behavior, needs assessments, evaluating mass media and small-scale health interventions, and identifying the epidemiology of mental disorders. While in the Netherlands, Dr. Sandfort acquired grants from national and local Dutch government, semi-governmental agencies, non-profit organizations as well as the industry. He has successfully received funding for over twenty-five studies, the largest of which have been Psychosocial Core of the Amsterdam Gay Cohort Studies (1992-1998), Monitoring the Effects of the Mass Media Safe Sex Campaigns (1992-2001), Sexual Harassment and Minorities in the Dutch Police Force (1998-2001). Dr. Sandfort is on the Editorial Board of several academic journals, including AIDS Care, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Culture, Health and Sexuality, International Journal of Sexual Health, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Sexualities, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie (Dutch Journal of Sexology). He served as President of the the International Academy of Sex Research and the Dutch Society of Sexology. In 2008, he received the John Money Award from the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality for his research work. Jeffrey Weeks OBE (born 1945, in Rhondda, Wales) is a historian and sociologist specialising in work on sexuality, and is also a gay activist.

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Publication date

19th July 2000

Author

Theo Sandfort

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Gay & Lesbian studies

ISBN

9780761954187

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