Sexual Nature/Sexual Culture (Chicago Series on Sexuality, History & Society 2nd ed.)

Sexual Nature/Sexual Culture (Chicago Series on Sexuality, History & Society 2nd ed.)

By: Steven D. Pinkerton (author), Paul R. Abramson (author)Hardback

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This multidisciplinary study of human sexuality examines the influences of nature and nurture, biology and culture, and sex and gender in the sexual experiences of humans and other primates. Focusing on the idea that sexual pleasure is the primary motivational force behind human sexuality and that reproduction is simply a byproduct of such pleasurability, this book examines sexuality at the individual, societal and cultural levels. Beginning with a look at the evolution of sexuality in humans and other primates, the essays in the first section examine the sexual ingenuity of primates, the dominant theories of sexual behavior, the differences in male and female sexual interest and behaviour and the role of physical attractiveness in mate selection. The focus then shifts to biological approaches to sexuality, especially the genetic and hormonal origins of sexual orientation, gender and pleasure. The essays go on to look at the role of pleasure in different cultures. Included are essays on love among the tribes-people of the Brazilian rain forest and the regulation of adolescent sexuality in India. Finally, the text addresses methodological issues in the study of human sexuality, paying particular attention to the problems with research that relies on people's memories of their sexual experiences.

Contents

Preface 1: Introduction: Nature, Nurture, and In-Between Paul R. Abramson, Steven D. Pinkerton. 2: Sexual Nature: What Can We Learn from a Cross-Species Perspective? Mary S. McDonald Pavelka 3: Sex as an Alternative to Aggression in the Bonobo Frans B. M. de Waal 4: The Evolution of Female Sexual Desire Kim Wallen 5: Beauty Is in the Adaptations of the Beholder: The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Female Sexual Attractiveness Donald Symons 6: Sex Hormones and Sexual Behavior Jean D. Wilson 7: Psychoneuroendocrinology and Sexual Pleasure: The Aspect of Sexual Orientation Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg 8: The Genetics of Sexual Orientation: From Fruit Flies to Humans Angela M. L. Pattatucci, Dean H. Hamer. 9: The Cultural Management of Adolescent Sexuality Alice Schlegel 10: Sexuality, Infertility, and Sexually Transmitted Disease among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa Robert C. Bailey, Robert V. Aunger. 11: The Pleasures of Homosexuality David F. Greenberg 12: Discourse, Intercourse, and the Excluded Middle: Anthropology and the Problem of Sexual Experience Donald Tuzin 13: The Pleasures of Castration: The Postoperative Status of Hijras, Jankhas, and Academics Lawrence Cohen 14: The Pursuit of Pleasure and the Sale of Sex Lenore Manderson 15: Sexuality and the Experience of Love Thomas Gregor 16: Model-Based Representations of Human Sexual Behavior Edward H. Kaplan 17: Sexual Activities as Told in Surveys Richard Berk, Paul R. Abramson, Paul Okami. Appendix: Theorizing Sexuality Paul Okami, Laura Pendleton. Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780226001814
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780226001814
  • weight: 750
  • ISBN10: 0226001814
  • edition: 2nd ed.

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