For the first time in one volume Steven Seidman joins two fields of scholarship, queer theory and sociology, to bring about a new understanding of the social construction of homosexual desire. Included in this volume are some of the "classic" sociological essays that shaped lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies and the discursive approach of recent work by queer theorists. Queer Theory Sociology suggests ways a sociological perspective can contribute to imaging a queer studies that preserves the critical spirit of queer theory while being attentive to the deeply institutional and structural dynamics in the formation of the sexual self and social order. Combining the works of well-known scholars with newer thinkers, Queer Theory Sociology points towards a new sociological queer studies.
Steven Seidman, Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany, writes extensively in the areas of social theory, cultural sociology and sexual politics. He also wrote
Contested Knowledge (Blackwell, 1994).