By John Gagnon
An Interpretation of Desire bargains a bracing number of significant essays through John Gagnon, one of many best and most provoking figures in sexual study. Spanning his paintings from the Seventies, while he explored the concept sexuality is mediated via social approaches and categories—thus paving the way in which for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope in the course of the Nineteen Nineties, those essays represent a necessary entrée to the learn of sexuality within the 20th century.
Gagnon can be most sensible often called the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a booklet 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 extensively thought of to be an important learn of human sexual habit because the Kinsey record. The essays gathered right here first hint the impression of scripting idea on Gagnon, outlining the novel departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric types of intercourse examine. the amount then turns to more moderen essays that give some thought to 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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An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) by John Gagnon