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Sexual beliefs, behaviors and identities are interwoven throughout our lives, from childhood to old age. An edited collection of original empirical contributions united through its use of a distinctive, cutting-edge theoretical framework, Sex for Life critically examines sexuality across the entire lifespan. Rooted in diverse disciplines and employing a wide range of research methods, the chapters explore the sexual and social transitions that typically map to broad life stages, as well as key age-graded physiological transitions, such as puberty and menopause, while drawing on the latest developments in gender, sexuality, and life course studies.
 
Sex for Life explores a wide variety of topics, including puberty, sexual initiation, coming out, sexual assault, marriage/life partnering, disability onset, immigration, divorce, menopause, and widowhood, always attending to the social locations – including gender, race, ethnicity, and social class – that shape, and are shaped by, sexuality. The empirical work collected in Sex for Life ultimately speaks to important public policy issues, such as sex education, aging societies, and the increasing politicization of scientific research. Accessibly written, the contributions capture the interplay between individual lives and the ever-changing social-historical context, facilitating new insight not only into people’s sexual lives, but also into ways of studying them, ultimately providing a fresh, new perspective on sexuality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I: Studying Sexualities over the Life Course
  2. pp. 1-41
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  1. Introduction: Sexualities over the Life Course: The Development of a Perspective
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 1. Studying Gendered Sexualities over the Life Course: A Conceptual Framework
  2. pp. 23-41
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  1. Part II: Sexualities in Childhood and Adolescence
  2. pp. 43-106
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  1. 2. Childhood Sexuality: Exploring Culture as Context
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. 3. Sexuality Development in Adolescence
  2. pp. 70-87
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  1. 4. The Life Course Consequences of Childhood Sexual Assault: Effects on Relationship Formation and Intimate Violence across Relationships
  2. pp. 88-106
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  1. Part III: Sexualities from Young Adulthood through Midlife
  2. p. 107
  1. 5. A Meta-Analysis on the Relationship between Parental Divorce Family Structures and Adolescents’ Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Premarital Intercourse
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. 6. Hooking Up and Opting Out: Negotiating Sex in the First Year of College
  2. pp. 128-145
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  1. 7. The Symbolic Power of Civil Marriage on the Sexual Life Histories of Gay Men
  2. pp. 146-160
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  1. Part IV. Turning Points throughout the Life Course
  2. pp. 161-214
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  1. 8. U.S. Colonialism, Migration, and Sexualities: The Filipino American Case
  2. pp. 163-179
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  1. 9. Starting Over: Dating Risks and Sexual Health among Midlife Women after Relationship Dissolution
  2. pp. 180-197
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  1. 10. Secrets and Magic Pills: Constructing Masculinity and Sexual “Normalcy” Following Spinal Cord Injury
  2. pp. 198-214
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  1. Part V: Sexualities from Midlife to Later Life
  2. pp. 215-295
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  1. 11. Reproductive History as Social Context: Exploring How Women Talk about Menopause and Sexuality at Midlife
  2. pp. 217-235
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  1. 12. Sexual Expression over the Life Course: Results from Three Landmark Surveys
  2. pp. 236-259
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  1. 13. Exploring Embodied Aging and Ageism among Old Lesbians and Gay Men
  2. pp. 260-277
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  1. 14. Pleasure in Old Age
  2. pp. 278-295
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  1. Part VI. Conclusion
  2. pp. 297-316
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  1. 15. Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Lifelong Sexualities for the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 299-316
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-347
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 349-352
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-363
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814723814
Related ISBN
9780814772522
MARC Record
OCLC
775685122
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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