Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology

Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta, Todd G. Morrison
Routledge, 7 sept 2015 - 160 páginas
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The last decade has seen the emergence of an increasingly high profile and politically active asexual community, united around a common identity as 'people who do not experience sexual attraction'. This unique volume collects a diverse range of interdisciplinary empirical and theoretical work which addresses this emergence, raising important and timely questions about asexuality and its broader implications for sexual culture. One of the most pressing and contentious issues within academic and public debates about asexuality is what relationship, if any, it has to sexual dysfunction. As well as collecting cutting edge scholarship in the emerging field of asexuality studies, rendering it indispensable to any sexualities course across the range of disciplines, this anthology also addresses this urgent debate, offering a variety of perspectives on how and why some have pathologised asexuality. This includes a range of chapters addressing the broader issues of sexual normativity within which these contemporary debates about asexuality are taking place.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Psychology and Sexuality.


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1 Who reports absence of sexual attraction in Britain? Evidence from national probability surveys
2 Mental health and interpersonal functioning in selfidentified asexual men and women
a question of instruments
4 How is asexuality different from hypoactive sexual desire disorder?
from pathology to identity and beyond
earlytwentiethcentury public sex education campaigns
7 The average and the normal in nineteenthcentury French medical discourse
the emergence of a concept in late eighteenthcentury France
some thoughts on asexuality as an interdisciplinary method
a virtual discussion
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Mark Carrigan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. For his dissertation, he is developing a critical realist approach to longitudinal qualitative research through an empirical case study of undergraduate students. His other research interests include asexuality, sexual culture and digital sociology.

Kristina Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, USA. For her dissertation, she is researching the intersections of feminist theory, asexuality, and scientific and medical research on sexual desire.

Todd G. Morrison is Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His primary research interests include gay and lesbian psychology; body image; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; psychometrics; and human sexuality (in particular, pornography and sex work).

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