By John Gagnon

ISBN-10: 0226278603

ISBN-13: 9780226278605

An Interpretation of Desire deals a bracing choice of significant essays via John Gagnon, one of many top and most galvanizing figures in sexual learn. Spanning his paintings from the Nineteen Seventies, while he explored the concept that sexuality is mediated via social strategies and categories—thus paving the way in which for Foucault—and then extending via his flip to problems with hope in the course of the Nineties, those essays represent an important entrée to the examine of sexuality within the 20th century.

Gagnon will be most sensible often called the coauthor of Sexual Conduct—a booklet that brought the seminal thought of sexual scripting—and as one of many coauthors of The Social association of Sexuality, a foundational paintings that's commonly thought of to be crucial research of human sexual habit because the Kinsey document. The essays amassed the following first hint the impact of scripting idea on Gagnon, outlining the unconventional departure he took from the dominant organic and psychiatric types of intercourse examine. the amount then turns to newer essays that contemplate such vexed concerns as homosexuality, the theories of Sigmund Freud, HIV, harmful intercourse, and the social facets of sexually transmitted ailments.

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There was a used magazine shop in a bungalow down the street from the private home in which the priest met with those of us who did not go to parochial school. I began reading World War One Air Aces but quickly switched to Astounding Science Fiction and Amaz­ ing Stories. I spent lovely, guilty Saturday mornings leafing through the pulp pages, disappearing into the future while worrying whether my mother would find out that I did not know the justifications for the third commandment. The musty smell of decaying paper on shelves still evokes meditative quiet in me.

It was the only ex­ tended time I ever spent with Nathan's father. I never learned his first name, but it was of course a different time, and I would not have called him by it in any case. During the period I knew Nathan he must have been bar mitzvahed, but I was not aware of that event even as a ceremony, nor was I aware that hundreds of thousands of children our same age were being murdered in Europe. Nathan and I quarreled violently on the handball court when we were fifteen; he hit me with the ball three times, I thought deliberately.

It all seemed natural to me at the time. Was this not what all universities did? Much later I was told (perhaps falsely) that these recruiting efforts were part of an attempt to increase the national representation in the college. This I assume to be a code phrase for not having all of the undergraduate students-except the disappearing ex­ GIs-be young Jews from Chicago and New York. I wonder sometimes who was left out when I was let in. I went to the College of the University of Chicago as an innocent.

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