Ambiguity and Sexuality: A Theory of Sexual Identity

Ambiguity and Sexuality: A Theory of Sexual Identity

by W. Wilkerson


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A new account of the formation of sexual identity, coined 'emerged fusion', which avoids the traps of the essentialism versus constructivism debate, and offers a viable third alternative. This book is a theoretical tool that will be useful in sociology, queer studies, and gender studies as a new approach to understanding sexual identity.

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ISBN-13: 9780230619654
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Future of Minority Studies
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM WILKERSON Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: The Question of Sexual Identity 1

2 Starting with Experience 13

3 The Shape of Experience 31

4 Desire by Itself 49

5 Desire in Relation to Others 59

6 Social Identities 69

7 Choosing Our Sexuality and Sexual Identity as Project 87

8 Science and Sexual Orientation 105

9 Reality and Ambiguity in Sexual Identity 129

10 Social Constructionism and Essentialism 137

11 Subjection, Liberation, and the Future 157

Notes 175

Bibliography 187

Index 193

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