Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies: A Reader

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Peter M. Nardi, Beth E. Schneider
Psychology Press, 1998 - Social Science - 625 pages
This comprehensive reader brings a social science perspective to an area hitherto dominated by the humanities. Through it, students will be able to follow the story of how sociology has come to engage with gay and lesbian issues from the 1950s to the present, from the earliest research on the underground worlds of gay men to the emergence of queer theory in the 1990s.
Bringing together classic readings and the best work of younger scholars from all parts of the English-speaking world, this reader will be an invaluable resource for courses at undergraduate and graduate level in all areas of the sociology of sexuality and gender. Separate sections cover:
* theoretical foundations
* identity and community making
* institutions and social change
* challenges for the future.
Each section begins with an introduction giving readers a brief guide to the readings in that section, contextualises them and relates them to one another and the book ends with an afterword by Ken Plummer summing up the present state of play and looking forward to the future.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
ALBERT J REISS
12
LAUD HUMPHREYS
29
ESTHER NEWTON
38
The Foundations of the Constructionist Debate
59
The Homosexual Role
68
WHITAM
77
KENNETH PLUMMER
84
Introduction
303
JEFFREY WEEKS
312
JOSHUA GAMSON
334
Collective Identity in Social Movement
349
NANCY E STOLLER
366
BETH E SCHNEIDER
377
KATH WESTON
390
NARDI AND RALPH
412

of the Politics of Sexuality
100
Social Constructionism
134
CAROLE S VANCE
160
Introduction
173
Gay Ghetto
183
1974
207
1983
220
DANK
230
BARBARA PONSE
246
RICHARD TROIDEN
261
GILBERT HERDT
279
Acceptability
434
Gender Politics and the Cult
467
Introduction
479
The Emergence of a Nongovernment
506
Homosexual Identity and Behavior
537
1993
553
1994
564
Lesbian and Gay Culture
573
Must Identity Movements Selfdestruct?
589
303
615
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