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Routledge International Handbook of Heterosexualities Studies

Edited by: James Joseph Dean , Nancy L. Fischer

Print publication date:  January  2020
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138340305
eBook ISBN: 9780429440731
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While a majority of people identify as "heterosexual" if asked about their sexual identity, what does that really mean? How did identifying as "straight" arise, particularly in relation to identifying as "queer," "lesbian," and "gay"? How are individuals socialized to view themselves and others as straight, even when many people are sexually fluid? How do institutions like government bodies, the educational system, and the family reinforce heterosexuality? This collection introduces the field of Critical Heterosexualities Studies and key lines of inquiry within the field.

Like Masculinity Studies and Whiteness Studies, Heterosexualities Studies critically examines the dominant category and identity group in order to illuminate the taken-for-granted assumptions that surround heterosexual identities. This critical perspective questions the idea that heterosexuality is natural, normal, and biologically driven. A recurring question throughout this Handbook is: what does it mean to say that there are multiple forms of heterosexuality? The answer is provided by cases showing how straightness varies between men and women but also across different racial groups, social classes, and one?s status as trans or cisgender.

Organized around key themes of inquiry including heterosexualities across the life course, straight identities and their intersections, the power of straightness in state politics, and the changing meaning of heterosexualities in the context of sexual fluidity, this collection provides readers with an introduction to Critical Heterosexualities Studies through important theoretical statements, key historical studies, and current empirical research. Featuring both classic works and original essays written expressly for this volume, this collection provides a state-of-the-art overview of this exciting new field in sexualities studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence  Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Bodily inscriptions, performative subversions Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The invention of heterosexuality  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Critique of compulsory heterosexuality Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Normalizing heterosexuality Download PDF
Chapter  6:  "Your father wouldn't like it" Download PDF
Chapter  7:  "Coming out" Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The ambiguity of "having sex" Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Hooking up Download PDF
Chapter  10:  "Speaking as a heterosexual" Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A heterosexual life Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Prisons for our bodies, closets for our minds Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Displaying heterosexuality in an inner city Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Straight women Download PDF
Chapter  15:  "Guys are just homophobic" Download PDF
Chapter  16:  "Sprinkle some gay on my straight" Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Doing gender, doing heteronormativity  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Introduction to "The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America" Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill Download PDF
Chapter  20:  One is not born a bride Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Promoting marriage for America Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Straight girls kissing Download PDF
Chapter  23:  A mixed-method study of same-sex kissing among college-attending heterosexual men Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Bud-sex Download PDF
Chapter  25:  'Straight with a pinch of bi' Download PDF
Chapter  26:  No homo  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  "With allies like these..." Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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