Disorders of Desire

Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology

Janice M. Irvine
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PB: $32.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-151-8
Publication: Aug 05

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EAN: 978-1-4399-0367-4

320 pages
6 x 9

How our notions about sexual behavior and sexuality have been influenced by sexology, from its roots in nineteenth century Europe to Kinsey's research to the current Viagra Revolution

Read the Preface to the Revised Edition, Introduction, and the Introduction to Part I (pdf).


Listen to an interview with Janice M. Irvine from "GenderTalk," 10 September 2005. Disorders of Desire is the only book to tell the story of the development and impact of sexology—the scientific study of sex—in the United States. In this era of sex scandals, culture wars, "Sex in the City," and new sexual enhancement technologies (like erectile dysfunction drugs), its critique of sexology is even more relevant than it was when the book was first published in 1990. This revised and expanded edition features new chapters addressing: ·;The diagnosis of "sex addiction"in the 1970s and its social and political implications. ·;New developments within the field of sexology, including the "Viagra Revolution" that began in the 1990s. ·;The pharmaceutical industry's role in the development of sexual enhancements and the search for the female equivalent of Viagra.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition Introduction Part I. The Emergence of Scientific Sexology 1. Toward a "Value-Free" Science of Sex: The Kinsey Reports 2. Science, Medicine, and a Market Part II. Sexology at a Crossroad: Consolidation and Confusion 3. The Humanistic Theme in Sexology 4. Sexual Science and Sexual Politics 5. Conflict and Accommodation: Who Defines Sexuality? Part III. The Practice of Scientific Sexology: Sex Therapy and Gender Research 6. Repairing the Conjugal Bed: The Clinical Practice of Modern Sex Therapy 7. Regulated Passions: The Invention of Inhibited Sexual Desire and Sex Addiction 8. Boys Will Be Girls: Contemporary Research on Gender Conclusion Afterword Notes Index

About the Author(s)

Janice M. Irvine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her most recent book is Talk About Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States. She edited Sexual Cultures and the Construction of Adolescent Sexualities (Temple) for the Health, Society, and Policy series in 1994. In 2005, she received the Simon and Gagnon Award, from the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association.