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.
About the Author
WILLIAM WILKERSON Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA.
Table of Contents
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