This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.


Definition Sexuality is the capacity to feel and to express bodily desire. It is generally categorized in terms of identity: that is, one's sexual identity is positioned as a relational term that is attributed on the basis of the object of one's desires. The object(s) of one's desires may or may not accord with stereotypical sex roles that are based on gendered expectations of men and women. Attributions of, or identifications with, non-hetero-normative sexual identities have often been stigmatized, historically and culturally (see Gender/Sex, Queer,) and in many cases, criminally prosecuted.

The assumed and often compulsory sexuality of citizens in most, if not all, societies has been based on stereotypical sex roles. Hetero-sexuality, the attraction felt between opposite sexes (male and female), is the norm from ...

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