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The Social Construction of Sexuality (Second Edition) (Contemporary Societies Series) 2nd Edition
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My main problem with the book is that it is so heavy on theory that interesting empirical niceties have been ignored. If using this text for a "Social Construction of Sexuality" course, I would reccomend an anthology or reader with empirical findings to supplement the pure theory found in the book.
Another criticism of the book is that it follows the lead of too many recent "social constructionists" in explaining how categories of knowledge are socially conceived. I prefer a different strain of empirical social constructionist work - a type best executed in Frankenberg's "The Social Construction of Whiteness." In the original work by Berger & Luckmann, as well as the Frankenberg book, an attempt is made to trace the social construction of categories of meaning throughout the life cycle of the individual or group. In Seidman's work, he resorts to broad historical generalities which amount to male-good, female-bad, and homosexual-bad, hetrosexual-good.
The book is worth the read, but I don't think a reader will walk away convinced that a social constructionist approach is the best one to use when approaching sexuality. Use the book as a quick way to survey the sociological literature on the subject, and move on.
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