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 4: Scripting Sexual Practice in Differing Social Contexts: Young Women Negotiating Mothers’ Expectations in Hong Kong and Britain
Scripting Sexual Practice in Differing Social Contexts: Young Women Negotiating Mothers’ Expectations in Hong Kong and Britain
In this chapter, we present and discuss some data from a study of young adult women and their mothers in Hong Kong and Britain. Both Hong Kong and Britain are wealthy, developed societies (despite being hit by recent economic crises). Hong Kong is a little richer than the United Kingdom, but with far greater poverty and economic inequality owing to its low tax, low welfare-spending regime. Hong Kong, moreover, has developed very rapidly and at the time ...