Sexual Cultures

Communities, Values and Intimacy

  • Jeffrey Weeks
  • Janet Holland

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jeffrey Weeks, Janet Holland
      Pages 1-14
  3. Approaches to Sexuality

  4. Historical Excursions

  5. Identities, Communities and Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Jeffrey Weeks, Peter Aggleton, Chris Mckevitt, Kay Parkinson, Austin Taylor-Laybourn
      Pages 161-179
    3. Julia O’Connell Davidson
      Pages 180-198
  6. Intimacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Janet Holland, Caroline Ramazanoglu, Sue Sharpe, Rachel Thomson
      Pages 239-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 284-317

About this book


The new sociology of sexuality has a two-fold aim: to demonstrate how the social shapes the sexual; and to analyse how the sexual in turn becomes a focal point for personal identity, cultural anxiety value debates and political action. Drawing on papers from the 1994 British Sociological Association annual conference on 'Sexualities in Social Context', this volume brings together key contributors to this stimulating new approach. Topics covered include theoretical developments, the relationship between history and contemporary controversies, community and identity, especially in the context of AIDS, value conflicts and changes in the meanings of intimacy. The book as a whole offers a significant intervention into debates on sexuality, and a thoughtful contribution to the broadening of the sociological agenda.


AIDS care community culture feminism identity Moral Sex sociology Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Weeks
    • 1
  • Janet Holland
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.South Bank UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  3. 3.The Open UniversityUK

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