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The Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion

Deconstructing Sadomasochism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Andrea Beckmann
    Pages 1-10
  3. Andrea Beckmann
    Pages 11-62
  4. Andrea Beckmann
    Pages 153-174
  5. Andrea Beckmann
    Pages 228-242
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-262

About this book


This book deconstructs the pathologizing category of 'sadomasochism' in order to account for the 'lived realities' of consensual 'SM' play, emphasizing the connection between the corporeal and the political in contemporary consumer cultures. It discusses the homogenization of desire and ownership and use of 'body' and 'sexual ethics'.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LincolnUK

About the authors

ANDREA BECKMANN is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln, UK. Her research interests include sociology of the body, 'sexualities' and critical criminology.

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