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.

Intersections of Vampirism and Sexuality: A Narrative Description of a Vampire Feeding

Intersections of vampirism and sexuality: A narrative description of a vampire feeding
D J Williams

EDITORS’ NOTES: D J Williams is the only professional sociologist, researcher, and writer included in this section. While his narrative describes the interaction of two other people, Dr. Williams is not an entirely objective observer. He reveals his feelings about what he is observing and his interaction with the participants before and after the scene. He actually does have a role in the scene. “Dr. Deviant,” as the vampire calls him, takes the role of professional voyeur. Fortunately, for sociologists who study sexuality, the voyeur role is often a legitimated and sometimes an integral ...

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