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 5: Research Perspectives on Bisexuality
Research Perspectives on Bisexuality
In Western cultures, ‘bisexuality’ generally refers to the experience of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to people of more than one gender. Before the 1980s, bisexuality was often referred to as a concept to explain the fundamental nature of human sexuality (Kangasvuo, 2014). Since the 1990s, bisexuality has become more commonly used in Western societies as a sexual identity term, in a similar manner to lesbian and gay identities, and it has gradually also become an object of study (Bowes-Catton and Hayfield, 2015; Monro, 2015; Monro et al., 2017).
The aim of this chapter is to address the main research perspectives in bisexuality research. When bisexuality research was established during the 1990s, ...