This proposed book is an anthology of both original and reprinted articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective. The readings in this collection focus on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. The essays in this book will explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The purpose of this book is to broaden students' perspectives on sexuality by providing them with a consistent framework to help them understand sexualities as social phenomena. The authors' goals for the book are: to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly-changing sexual landscape.
Chapter 2: Muscle and Blood: Erotic Fantasy in Theory and Practice
Muscle and Blood: Erotic Fantasy in Theory and Practice
EDITORS’ NOTES: Fundamentally, symbolic interactionism is concerned with meaning-making processes. That is, interactionists are interested in how we understand our social realities, how we come to understand them as such, and how these understandings are grounded in social interaction. In this chapter, Don Kulick draws on conceptual tools from psychoanalytic thought, in order to explore aspects of sexual life in Gapun, Papua New Guinea. Although psychoanalysis and symbolic interactionism differ in important ways from one another, they often share an inclination to interpret and explain social behavior through interaction with others. The empirical and theoretical contributions of this chapter address the ...