This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the “public face” of sociology. Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the books three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.

Violence and Transgression

Violence and Transgression


Acting out aggressive feelings through violence is at times a socially sanctioned response, particularly for men. How are institutions complicit in violence? How are men and women constructing new scripts that might sever the links between intimacy and violence?

Lisa Wade, Brian Sweeney, Amelia Seraphia Derr, Michael Messner, and Carol Burke (“Ruling Out Rape”) investigate the culture of sexual assault in the institutional settings of college campuses and the military. Moving away from a focus on individual perpetrators and survivors, they examine the practices, policies, and cultures of institutions and how they influence the prevalence of sexual violence.

Kristen Barber and Kelsy Kretschmer thoughtfully examine the role of men in Slut Walk marches and in the larger conversation around sexual violence. “Walking ...

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