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An overview of recent feminist and sociological debates on heterosexuality and the construction of desire - without recourse to psychoanalysis. The author draws on feminism, along with phenomenological and interactionist sociology, to critique the concept of repression and the place of sexuality within modern culture. Major topics addressed include: the social construction of sexuality; sexual violence; children and sexuality; romance and heterosexuality.
Stevi Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her most recent publications include The Politics of Domestic Consumption: Critical Readings (co-edited with Shaun Moores) and Feminism and Sexuality: A Reader (co-edited with Sue Scott).