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Routledge International Handbook of Heterosexualities Studies

by James Joseph (Sonoma State University, Northern California, USA) Dean

Part of the Routledge International Handbooks Series

Routledge International Handbook of Heterosexualities Studies Synopsis

While a majority of people identify as heterosexual if asked about their sexual identity, what does that really mean? How did identifying as straight arise, particularly in relation to identifying as queer, lesbian, and gay ? How are individuals socialized to view themselves and others as straight, even when many people are sexually fluid? How do institutions like government bodies, the educational system, and the family reinforce heterosexuality? This collection introduces the field of Critical Heterosexualities Studies and key lines of inquiry within the field. Like Masculinity Studies and Whiteness Studies, Heterosexualities Studies critically examines the dominant category and identity group in order to illuminate the taken-for-granted assumptions that surround heterosexual identities. This critical perspective questions the idea that heterosexuality is natural, normal, and biologically-driven. A recurring question throughout this Handbook is: what does it mean to say that there are multiple forms of heterosexuality? The answer is provided by cases showing how straightness varies between men and women but also across different racial groups, social classes, and one's status as trans or cisgender. Organized around key themes of inquiry including heterosexualities across the life course, straight identities and their intersections, the power of straightness in state politics, and the changing meaning of heterosexualities in the context of sexual fluidity, this collection provides readers with an introduction to Critical Heterosexualities Studies through important theoretical statements, key historical studies, and current empirical research. Featuring both classic works and original essays written expressly for this volume, this collection provides a state-of-the-art overview of this exciting new field in sexualities studies.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138340305
Publication date: 16th January 2020
Author: James Joseph (Sonoma State University, Northern California, USA) Dean
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 446 pages
Categories: Sociology,

About James Joseph (Sonoma State University, Northern California, USA) Dean

James Joseph Dean is Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University in Northern California. He is the author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture (2014). Dean's work has appeared in Contexts, Sexualities, The Sociological Quarterly, and Sociology Compass, among others. His research interests include LGBTQ studies, Critical Heterosexualities Studies, and transgender studies. Nancy L. Fischer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Nancy is a co-editor of the anthology Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (along with Steven Seidman). She also edited a special issue on contemporary heterosexuality studies for the journal The Sociological Quarterly. ...

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