This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 15: BDSM
At the end of the nineteenth century, sexology emerged with the new concept of sexual identities and consequently sexual minorities in industrialized cultures of the Global North.1 In regard to what we call BDSM today, the meaning of certain acts such as flagellation changed, and they were reframed as erotic activities. In general, sexual practices were no longer seen simply as singular events or as a series of acts, but as constitutive of a coherent sexual identity, thus effectively producing a distinct minority in the population (Foucault, 1978; D'Emilio, 1983a, 1983b; Halperin, 1990; Katz, 1996). These material-discursive processes were repressive, oppressive and productive simultaneously. The new discipline of sexology in particular singled out certain individuals with ...