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John DeLamater, Rebecca F. Plante (Eds.): Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities

Reviewed by Dr. Thorsten Benkel, 2015-12-07

Cover John DeLamater, Rebecca F. Plante (Hrsg.): Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities ISBN 978-3-319-17340-5

John DeLamater, Rebecca F. Plante (Eds.): Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities. Springer International Publishing AG (Cham/Heidelberg/New York/Dordrecht/London) 2015. 453 pages. ISBN 978-3-319-17340-5. D: 266,43 EUR, A: 273,90 EUR, CH: 331,50 sFr.
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This handbook draws on theories, methods and research on the social foundations of sexual behaviour. Researchers in this field are well aware that using the term „sexuality“ doesn´t make much sense anymore, since nowadays a great variety of very different „sexualities“ exist. In social sciences, this plurality of lifeforms and interaction chains are mirrored by a plurality of research concepts. DeLamater´s and Plante´s book offers a extensive overview about what has been done in the field of the sociology of sexualities, what is currently done, and – between the lines – what could still be done in future research projects.

For a long time, sexualities were considered a subject too indecent for scientitic institutions (that is, outside of the medical discourse). These days are over, and sociology is one of the sciences that benefit most strongly from the inclusion of sexual matters into it´s agenda. The book at hand proves the case. It is essentially a treasure trove filled with interesting facts and useful directions for experts and novices in sociology of sexuality alike. As far as I can tell, a standard reference for many years to come.

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Dr. Thorsten Benkel
Universität Passau
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Thorsten Benkel, 2015. Review of: John DeLamater, Rebecca F. Plante (Ed.): Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities. Springer International Publishing AG (Cham/Heidelberg/New York/Dordrecht/London) 2015. ISBN 978-3-319-17340-5. In: socialnet Reviews, 2015-12-07. ISSN 2190-9245. Retrieved 2022-06-28 from https://www.socialnet.de/en/reviews/19695.php.


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