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Sociology of Sexualities

Sociology of Sexualities

February 2017 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The authors are proud sponsors of the 2020 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.

Sociology of Sexualities is the first comprehensive text to approach the study of sexuality from a sociological perspective. Drawing on the most up-to-date social scientific research on sexuality, it discusses fundamental concepts in the field and helps students integrate knowledge about sexuality into their larger understanding of society. Topics covered include the emergence of sexual identities, inequalities and discrimination faced by sexual and gender minorities, heterosexual and cisgender privilege, activism and mobilization to challenge such discrimination, the commodification of sexuality, and the ways sexuality operates in and through various institutions. Throughout the text, the authors show how sexuality intersects with other statuses and identities.


Chapter 1: The Social Construction of Sexuality
The Sociology of Sexualities


The Social Construction of Sexuality

Sexual Revolutions


Sexual Relationships: Beyond Monogamy

Sexual Invisibility

Sexual Pleasure

Sexuality Across the Life Course

Sexualizing Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Sexual Minorities Beyond LGBTQ


Chapter 2: The Science of Sexuality
The Science of Sexuality

Sociology and Social Constructionism

The Science of Homosexuality

Sexuality Studies in Academia

Researching Sex: Ethical and Methodological Concerns


Chapter 3: Gender and Sexuality
Social Construction of Gender: Femininity and Masculinity

Intersection of Gender and Sexuality

Transgender and Transsexual



Chapter 4: Sexuality, Inequality, and Privilege
The Sociology of Inequality

Legal Discrimination

Sexuality and Social Control

Transgender Discrimination and Inequality

Heterosexual and Cisgender Privilege


Chapter 5: LGBTQ Mobilization and Activism
The Sociology of Social Movements

Before Stonewall: The Homophile Movement

After Stonewall: The Modern Gay Rights Movement

Transgender Activism and Rights

Bisexual Activism


Chapter 6: Sexuality, Media, and Sport
Media and Sexuality

Representations of LGBTQ In Television and Film

Sexuality and Sport

Coming Out of the Athletic Closet

Creating Space for Intersex and Transgender Athletes


Chapter 7: Sexuality in Schools and the Workplace
Schools, Sexuality, and Social Control

Sex Education

Sexuality in the Workplace


Chapter 8: Religion, Family, and Sexuality
Religion and Sexuality

LGBTQ Families


Chapter 9: Sexuality and Reproduction
Compulsory Reproduction

The Body as Socially Constructed Space

Pregnancy and Childbirth


Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy and Birth

Birth Control

Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Choice


Chapter 10: Sexual Health
Sexual Health

Sexuality and Disability

Sexually Transmitted Infections


Chapter 11: Commodification of Sex


Globalization and Sexuality


Chapter 12: Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence

Racialized Homophobic and Transphobic Violence

Carceral Sexuality




Instructor Resource Site

Instructor resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Links to exceptional teaching resources from A.S.A.’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology)

“This is an important addition to the sociology of sexualities market. I appreciate the focus on LGBTQ histories/identities/politics and its feminist perspective.”

Maura Ryan
Georgia State University

“[Sociology of Sexualities] takes power seriously, by analyzing social justice movements for sexual equality and by problematizing heterosexuality as well homosexuality.”

Antonia Randolf
Christopher Newport University

“It is difficult to find a book that reflects broadly on sexuality in historical, cultural, and scientific perspective.  [Sociology of Sexualities] seems to accomplish that. The discussions of the history of sexuality studies and reproductive and sex education matters makes it appealing as well.”

Todd Penner
Austin College

Excellent coverage of a topic with high student interest. Good integration of recent research. The "Critical Thinking Questions" and "Activities" sections add to the effectiveness of the text. Overall, a thorough sociological approach. I will use this text again.

Dr Joan M Morris
School Of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lenoir-Rhyne University
April 12, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6

Chapter 12

Kathleen J. Fitzgerald

Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, PhD, is a teaching  professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research and teaching interests are in social stratification; specifically, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality, 3rd ed. (2020); and Beyond White Ethnicity: Developing a Sociological Understanding of Native American Identity Reclamation (2007); in addition to numerous journal articles. She has been teaching the sociology of inequalities for over 26 years. Fitzgerald earned all her degrees in sociology: her PhD from the... More About Author

Kandice L. Grossman

Kandice L. Grossman, PhD Candidate, is a teaching assistant and doctoral student in sociology at the University of Missouri. She earned her master’s degree from University of Manchester, UK (2000), in women and gender studies with a focus on feminist research methodologies. She is a visiting professor of gender and sexuality studies and sociology at Stephens College and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, and has more than 18 years of teaching experience. More About Author

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