By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of Desire deals a bracing selection of significant essays through John Gagnon, one of many top and most galvanizing figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, while he explored the concept sexuality is mediated via social tactics and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope throughout the Nineties, those essays represent an important entrée to the research of sexuality within the 20th century.
Gagnon can be most sensible referred to as the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a e-book that brought the seminal suggestion of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's greatly thought of to be crucial examine of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays accrued the following first hint the impact of scripting concept on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric versions of intercourse study. the amount then turns to more moderen essays that ponder such vexed matters as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, unsafe intercourse, and the social points of sexually transmitted illnesses.
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