Sexual Cultures and the Construction of Adolescent Identities
Publication: May 94
Publication: May 94
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Adolescent sexual awakening is reevaluated in terms of social and cultural influencesRead an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).
This rich collection of essays presents a new vision of adolescent sexuality shaped by a variety of social factors: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, physical ability, and cultural messages propagated in films, books, and within families. The contributors consider the full range of cultural influences that form a teenager's sexual identity and argue that education must include more than its current overriding message of denial hinged on warnings of HIV and AIDS infection and teenage pregnancy. Examining the sexual experiences, feelings, and development of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, gay man and lesbians, and disabled women, this book provides a new understanding of adolescent sexuality that goes beyond the biological approach all too often simplified as "surging hormones."
"Will we engage with adolescents in frank discussion about sexual options and ethics or will we enforce a moralistic silence that resonates with fear and shame? Can we talk with teenagers about what they want to know, or can we only tell them what we want them to know?" From the Editor's Introduction
"A book of compelling importancethis volume dissects contemporary myths about adolescent sexuality and presents a startling and powerful cultural and political analysis of adolescent development, sexuality and sexual expression. I recommend this book with a sense of urgency." Dr. Michael A. Carrera, Director, National Adolescent Sexuality Training Center, The Children's Aid Society
Table of Contents
Part I: Contexts and Theories 1. Culture, Identities, and the Discourse of Adolescent Sexuality Janice M. Irvine 2. Adolescent Development: Whose Perspective? Jill Taylor 3. Sexuality Education for Immigrant and Minority Students: Developing a Culturally Appropriate Curriculum Janie Victoria Ward and Jill Taylor
Part II: Culture and Communities 4. Culture, Context, and HIV Infection: Research on Risk Taking Among Adolescents Lee Strunin 5. Asian American Adolescents: Issues in the Expression of Sexuality Connie Chan 6. AIDS and Latino Adolescents Luisa Medrano 7. Homophobia, Identity, and the Meanings of Desire: Reflections on the Cultural Construction of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Sexuality Diane Raymon 8. Daughters with Disabilities: Defective Women or Minority Women? Harilyn Rousso
Part III: Texts and Conversations 9. Keeping Adolescents in the Picture: Construction of Adolescent Sexuality in Textbook Images and Popular Films Mariamne H. Whatley 10. Young Women and Their Dream Lovers: Sexuality in Adolescent Fiction Linda K. Christian-Smith 11. What Friends Are For: On Girls' Misogyny and Romantic Fusion Sharon Thompson 12. Daring to Desire: Culture and the Bodies of Adolescent Girls Deborah L. Tolman 13. Speaking Across Cultures Within Your Own Family Janet Kahn 14. Teens Talk Sex: Can We Talk Back? Robert E. Fullilove, Warren Barksdale, and Mindy Thompson Fullilove
About the Contributors
In the Series
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No longer active. Health, Society and Policy, edited by Sheryl Ruzek and Irving Kenneth Zola, takes a critical stance with regard to health policy and medical practice, ranging broadly in subject matter. Backlist titles include books on the legal and professional status of midwifery, the experience and regulation of kidney transplants, the evolution of federal law on architectural access, and a political/ethical argument for making the community responsible for universal access to health care.