Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities

  • John DeLamater
  • Rebecca F. Plante

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John DeLamater, Rebecca F. Plante
    Pages 1-4
  3. Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Michael W. Wiederman
      Pages 7-22
    3. Adam Isaiah Green
      Pages 23-39
    4. Ira L. Reiss
      Pages 41-63
  4. Methods

  5. Bodies and Sexuality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Breanne Fahs, Eric Swank
      Pages 149-167
    3. Amanda M. Jungels, Alexis A. Bender
      Pages 169-180
    4. Aaron H. Devor, Kimi Dominic
      Pages 181-199
  6. Sexualities in Social Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Justin R. Garcia, Susan M. Seibold-Simpson, Sean G. Massey, Ann M. Merriwether
      Pages 203-222
    3. Elisabeth Sheff, Megan M. Tesene
      Pages 223-241
    4. Amy C. Lodge
      Pages 243-259
    5. Angelique Harris, Susannah Bartlow
      Pages 261-271
    6. Carol Haefner, Rebecca F. Plante
      Pages 273-285
    7. Phil Hubbard, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Catherine J. Nash
      Pages 287-303
    8. Amin Ghaziani
      Pages 305-330
  7. Sexualities in Institutional Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Amy M. Burdette, Terrence D. Hill, Kyl Myers
      Pages 349-370
    3. Jessica Fields, Jen Gilbert, Michelle Miller
      Pages 371-387
    4. Susan Dewey
      Pages 389-411
    5. Kassia R. Wosick
      Pages 413-433
  8. J. Fields, J. Gilbert, M. Miller
    Pages E1-E1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 467-472

About this book


This volume provides researchers and scholars with a broad overview of the contributions of social psychologists and sociologists to the study of sexual relationships and sexual expression across the life course. These contributions include analyses of the dynamics of several types of contemporary sexual relationships – e.g., short-term, long-term non-exclusive, and committed.  Chapters analyze the influence of major social institutions – e.g., religion, family and economy - on them. The content and scope of this volume have been carefully chosen to balance coverage of traditional emphases – dating, marriage, commercial sex work, sex education - with new and cutting edge materials – embodiment, Trans*, asexualities. Sections review major theoretical perspectives and the principal research methods. Coverage of sexual orientation is integrated throughout. This volume provides excellent resources for anyone interested in research on sexualities.


Body and Embodiment Intersectional Relationships Long-term and Non-exclusive Relationships Sex and Gender Issues Sexual Expression across the Life Span Sexual Social Changes Sexual Social Movements Sexuality and Disability Sexuality and Education Sexuality and Media Study of Sexual Attractions Study of Sexual Relationships Transgender and Sexuality

Editors and affiliations

  • John DeLamater
    • 1
  • Rebecca F. Plante
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyIthaca CollegeIthacaUSA

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