By John Gagnon

ISBN-10: 0226278603

ISBN-13: 9780226278605

An Interpretation of Desire bargains a bracing selection of significant essays through John Gagnon, one of many best and most provoking figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, whilst he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social methods and categories—thus paving the best way for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope through the Nineties, those essays represent a necessary entrée to the examine of sexuality within the 20th century.

Gagnon might be top often called the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a booklet that brought the seminal proposal of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's broadly thought of to be an important learn of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays amassed right here first hint the impact of scripting concept on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric types of intercourse study. the amount then turns to newer essays that contemplate such vexed matters as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, harmful intercourse, and the social features of sexually transmitted ailments.

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Our impoverish­ ment both in money and, more important, in middle-class craft made all colleges, including the University of Chicago, seem as far away as the moon. I was, however, rescued by a kindly man named Oakes, later registrar An Unlike ly S tory 7 of the University of Chicago, who came to Long Beach Polytechnic High School on a recruiting visit. He told me how to apply to the university and may even have arranged to send me the application. Without that visit I would have gone to Long Beach City College.

We took with us the college youth study, for which the field work had been completed, and left behind the study of the homosexual community that 20 Prologue was nearly completed in Chicago. In June 1968 Bill left for the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago, and I went to the State University of New York, Stony Brook, as a lecturer in sociology. Lecturer? I have for­ gotten to mention that during the nine years that elapsed between my leaving Chicago and my going to Stony Brook I had not finished my dis­ sertation.

There is no God, " I said to Carl­ fred Broderick as we walked home from Benjamin Franklin Junior High School one sunny spring afternoon. I think I made some attempt at ex­ plaining why, and I think he was shocked. I was fourteen. I went to church until I was seventeen; I worried a bit about taking the wafer in my mouth An Unlikely S t ory 5 without going to confession, but that passed. When I got to the Univer­ sity of Chicago, I read A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man and dis­ covered a more courageous ancestor.

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