Sex scholarship has a long history in anthropology, from the studies of voyeuristic Victorian gentlemen ethnographers, to more recent analyses of gay sex, transsexualism, and the newly visible forms of contemporary sexuality in the West. The Anthropology of Sex draws on the comparative field research of anthropologists to examine the relationship between sex as identity, practice and experience.
Sexual cultures vary enormously and, while often the topic of tabloid titillation, they are more rarely subjected to strict cultural analysis. The Anthropology of Sex is the first work to critically synthesise over a century of comparative expertise, knowledge and understanding of diverse sexual forms.
- Explores sexuality from diversity to perversity and asks how diverse sexual practices are linked.
- Probes the cultural and comparative context of contemporary sexual practice and belief.
- Examines the shaping of sex by global and globalizing forces.
The Anthropology of Sex will be key reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in anthropology and related disciplines.