`The creation of a new field of lesbian and gay studies over the past thirty years has been a fascinating project. This volume brings together key authors in the field in 26 major essays and provides a clear sense of just how much has been achieved. It is a guide to the state of the art, and invaluable for scholars throughout the world' - Ken Plummer, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex; and Editor of Sexualities `This book is unique in lesbian and gay studies. From politics to health, cyber-queers to queer families, the review essays in this volume cover all the important bases of GLB history and politics. The Introduction is a simple and accessible overview of the changing faces of theory and research over many decades. This book is bound to be an important resource in a burgeoning field' - Janice Irvine, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst `The Handbook of Gay and Lesbian Studies, assembled by two leading theorists of sexuality, makes available more than two dozen new cutting-edge essays in gay studies. Essential for social science scholars and students of gay/queer studies' - David F. Greenberg, Professor of Sociology, New York University With this benchmark work, lesbian and gay studies comes of age. Drawing from a rich team of global contributors and carefully structured to elucidate the core issues in the field, it constitutes an unparalleled resource for teaching, research and debate. The volume is organized into 4 sections: · History and Theory This covers the roots of lesbian and gay studies, the institutionalization of the subject in the Academy, the 'naturalness' of heterosexuality, science and sexuality, the comparative sociology of homosexualities and the heterosexual/homosexual division. · Identity and Community This examines the formation of gay and lesbian identities communities and movements, 'cyber-queer' research, sexuality and space, generational issues in lesbian and gay lifecycles and the subject of bisexuality · Institutions This investigates questions of the governance of sexualities, lesbian and gay health, sexualities and education, religion and homosexuality, homosexuality and the law, gay and lesbian workers, homosexuality and the family, and lesbian, gay and queer encounters with the media and popular culture · Politics This explores the formation of the gay and lesbian movements, impact of globalization, antigay and lesbian violence, nationalism and transnationalism in lesbian and gay studies and sexual citizenship. The result is an authoritative book that demarcates the field, stimulates critical discussion and provides lesbian and gay studies with an enriching focal reference point. It is, quite simply, a breakthrough work that will galvanize discussion and research for years to come.
Part I: History and Theory
- Chapter 2: From Liberation to Transgression and Beyond: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
- Chapter 3: The Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary: Past, Present and Future
- Chapter 4: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay Studies?
- Chapter 5: Unusual Fingers: Scientific Studies of Sexual Orientation
- Chapter 6: Heterosexuality: It's Just Not Natural!
- Chapter 7: The Comparative Sociology of Homosexualities
Part II: Identity and Community
- Chapter 8: From the Bowery to the Castro: Communities, Identities and Movements
- Chapter 9: New Technologies and ‘Cyber-queer’ Research
- Chapter 10: Queer Bodies and the Production of Space
- Chapter 11: The Forgotten: A Community Without a Generation—Older Lesbians and Gay Men
- Chapter 12: Queer Diaspora
- Chapter 13: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth
- Chapter 14: The Bisexual Menace: Or, Will the Real Bisexual Please Stand Up?
Part III: Institutions
- Chapter 15: Imagining the Place of the State: Where Governance and Social Power Meet
- Chapter 16: Lesbian and Gay Health: Power, Paradigms and Bodies
- Chapter 17: Innocence and Experience: Paradoxes in Sexuality and Education
- Chapter 18: Lesbian and Gay Bodies of Law
- Chapter 19: Religious Views of Homosexuality
- Chapter 20: Gays and Lesbians as Workers and Consumers in the Economy
- Chapter 21: Sweating in the Spotlight: Lesbian, Gay and Queer Encounters with Media and Popular Culture
- Chapter 22: Queer Families Quack Back
Part IV: Politics
- Chapter 23: Making a Minority: Understanding the Formation of the Gay and Lesbian Movement in the United States
- Chapter 24: Anti-Gay and Lesbian Violence and its Discontents
- Chapter 25: Globalization and the International Gay/Lesbian Movement
- Chapter 26: Nationalism Has a Lot to Do with It! Unraveling Questions of Nationalism and Transnationalism in Lesbian/Gay Studies
- Chapter 27: Sexual Citizenship: Marriage, the Market and the Military