Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives (Intersections #10) (Hardcover)

Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives (Intersections #10) By Laura Carpenter (Editor), John Delamater (Editor) Cover Image
By Laura Carpenter (Editor), John Delamater (Editor)
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Sexual beliefs, behaviors and identities are interwoven throughout our lives, from childhood to old age. An edited collection of original empirical contributions united through its use of a distinctive, cutting-edge theoretical framework, Sex for Life critically examines sexuality across the entire lifespan. Rooted in diverse disciplines and employing a wide range of research methods, the chapters explore the sexual and social transitions that typically map to broad life stages, as well as key age-graded physiological transitions, such as puberty and menopause, while drawing on the latest developments in gender, sexuality, and life course studies.

Sex for Life explores a wide variety of topics, including puberty, sexual initiation, coming out, sexual assault, marriage/life partnering, disability onset, immigration, divorce, menopause, and widowhood, always attending to the social locations - including gender, race, ethnicity, and social class - that shape, and are shaped by, sexuality. The empirical work collected in Sex for Life ultimately speaks to important public policy issues, such as sex education, aging societies, and the increasing politicization of scientific research. Accessibly written, the contributions capture the interplay between individual lives and the ever-changing social-historical context, facilitating new insight not only into people's sexual lives, but also into ways of studying them, ultimately providing a fresh, new perspective on sexuality.

About the Author

Laura M. Carpenter is Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and author of Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814772522
ISBN-10: 0814772528
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2012
Pages: 373
Language: English
Series: Intersections