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Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality
Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers

Other Titles in:
Sexualities | Sociology of Gender

April 2005 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This accessible introduction to gender and sexuality theory offers a comprehensive overview and critique of the key contemporary literature and debates in feminism, sexuality studies and men's studies.

Chris Beasley's clear and concise introduction combines a wide-ranging survey of the major theorists and key concepts in an ever-growing and often passionately debated field.

The book contextualizes a wide range of feminist perspectives, including: modernist, liberal, postmodern, queer and gender difference feminism; and in the realm of sexuality studies covers modernist liberationism, social constructionism, transgender theorising and queer theory. In men's studies, Chris Beasley examines areas of debate ranging from gender and masculinity to questions of race, ethnicity, imperialism and gay masculinities. Interconnections between the subfields are highlighted, and Beasley considers the implications of body theory for all three.

Key theorists covered include:

Altman · Brod · Butler · Califia · Carbado · Connell · Dowsett · Grosz · Halberstam · Hook · Jackson · Jagose · Nussbaum · Rich · Seidman · Spivak · Stoltenberg · Weeks · Whittle · Wolf · Wollstonecraft

The only book of its kind to draw together all the important strands of gender analysis, Gender and Sexuality is a timely and impressive overview that is invaluable to students and academics taking courses on gender and feminist theory, sexuality and masculinity.

Gender and Feminism
An Overview

Modernist Emancipatory Feminism
Liberal Feminism-Wollstonecraft to Wolf

Liberal Feminism: Nussbaum
Gender Difference Feminism
`Women-centred' Identity Politics to Sexual Difference-Rich to Grosz

Postmodern Psychoanalytic Feminism
Sexual Difference

Feminism and `Race'/Ethnicity/Imperialism (REI)- Hooks to Spivak

REI Feminism

Postmodern Feminism

Queering Gender/Queer Feminism
Butler, Whittle

Sexuality Studies
An Overview

Modernist Liberationism

Social Constructionism
Jackson, Weeks

Social Constructionism

Transgender Theorising

Queer Theory
Jagose, Seidman

Gender and Masculinity Studies
An Overview

Gender, Masculinity/Men's Studies and Feminism

Radical Pro-Feminism
Between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism -Stoltenberg

Race/Ethnicity/Imperialism and Gay masculinities-Dowsett, Carbado

Socialist Pro-Feminism and Relational Social Constructionism-Connell
Queer(ing) Masculinity Studies
Female Masculinity-Halberstam


A very in depth analysis of gender and its relation to sexuality and subjectivity. The book is a must for any student that is required to understand issues of gender and grasp main theories that explore sexuality and gender

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
May 22, 2015

Gender and sexuality is written in a clear, concise fashion that helps readers to understand the fundamental conceptions relating to gender, sex, sexuality and masculinity. The intersections of these variables are conveyed in a way that allows the reader to clearly understand how they function collectively.

Mr Aliraza Javaid
School of Social, Psychological & Comm, Leeds Beckett University
March 12, 2015

This publication is very interesting; however theoretically it is too advanced for the level I teach.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College
December 9, 2014

This is a challenging text that is a pertinent recommendation in order to push students' thinking further.

Mrs Samantha Shaw
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
December 8, 2014

Very useful book for my course on Social Theory and Human Sexuality. I appreciate how Beasley provides a framework for analyzing theories related to feminism, sexuality, and masculinities.

Dr Betsy Crane
Education Div, Widener University
August 12, 2014

Personally I'd aim this at 3rd year students and those willing to read outside of the lectures and explore views of others concerning human sexuality.

The book itself covers a wide range of topics in a fair and concise manner. Highly recommended text for students reading into sexuality, especially from the view points of psychology and the social sciences.

Mr Cal Cooper
Division of Psychology, Northampton University
April 27, 2014

Gender and Sexuality offers a wide ranging account of theories relating to the study of gender and sexuality. I would recommend it as a perfect starting point for those studing issues to go with sex, gender, masculinity, and femininity,

Mr Michael Rees
Business and Social Science, University of Wales
October 29, 2013

A useful text which covers the key themes and debates relating to gender and sexuality, a very useful resource for students at all levels

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
September 20, 2013

This text provides a good wide overview of key perspectives across gender and sexuality studies. I find it useful to have a text that includes femisnisms, masculinity studies, and sexuality studies all in one place, whilst still remaining managable and accessible. This text has achieved that.

Ms Hazel O brien
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 10, 2013

A good introductory text into contemporary critical thought on gender, sexuality and the surrounding debates.

Dr Vanja Hamzic
Department of Law, City University
February 13, 2013

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