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.

The Algorithms of Desire: The Field of the Pornographic

The Algorithms of Desire: The Field of the Pornographic

The algorithms of desire: the field of the pornographic
Karen Gabriel


The field of pornography is not easy to define, or even characterize (Kendrick, 1996; Barak and King, 2000; Rea, 2001; Gossett and Byrne, 2002; Sigel, 2002; Sonderholm, 2008; Watson, 2016; Fradd, 2017). The difficulty is only partly a consequence of the multiple and diverse products that may be characterized as pornographic (Hunt, 1993; Kendrick, 1996; Leonard, 2006; Hall and Hearn, 2018). It is also, indeed mainly, a consequence of focusing exclusively on the product – pornography – rather than on the field of pornography as a whole, including its production, dissemination and ‘consumption'.1 That is, the focus has been on trying ...

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