By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of Desire bargains a bracing selection of significant essays by means of John Gagnon, one of many best and most provoking figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, whilst he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social methods and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope through the Nineties, those essays represent an important entrée to the research of sexuality within the 20th century.
Gagnon could be top referred to as the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a publication that brought the seminal idea of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's generally thought of to be crucial research of human sexual habit because the Kinsey document. The essays accrued right here first hint the effect of scripting idea on Gagnon, outlining the novel departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric versions of intercourse examine. the amount then turns to more moderen essays that examine such vexed concerns as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, detrimental intercourse, and the social features of sexually transmitted illnesses.
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Extra info for An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture)
I do not wish these "practical" outcomes to be taken as the only ex amples of the ways that research on human sexual conduct penetrates the life of the culture and serves as an element in its change. I use them only to illustrate the various ways that the work of those who would disturb the world's slumber are received. Such uses of the work of Ellis, Freud, and Kinsey are further reflections on the meaning of sexual research and its relation to the social and cultural order in which it exists.
That worry, the circle of people I love, and bookishness comprise my Jewishness. In this peculiar union of Venn dia grams are represented the immediacy of terror and love and the distance II II An U n l ik e ly S tory 11 found in the text and the library. What then to do or feel about Zionist colonization, land expropriation, orthodox theocracy, Menachem Begin and the Stern gang, the West Bank, Shatila and Sabra? Perhaps my Jew ishness has nothing to do with those matters, but only perhaps. The world fashioned by history does not allow me to choose my connections.
In early adolescence I was already (if invis ibly) detached from the religious feelings that are the core of American ized Irish Catholicism, except perhaps the terrors of damnation. By the time I was fifteen even those fears came in infrequent surges, and finally they were replaced by an appreciation of the brute indifference of the physical world (nature signifying emptiness rather than an occasion for awe) and the thoughtful cruelties of humankind. I was also detached from my working-class world of intermittent poverty and intellectual mind lessness.
An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) by John Gagnon