Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives Sadomasochism

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

EditorDarren Langdridge

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Psychological and medical perspectives on sadomasochism have historically been concerned with understanding it as a form of psychopathology. In the past (but still often today) studies of S/M have been concerned with extreme and most often non-consensual acts. However, more recently there has been growing interest in exploring the meaning of S/M in non-pathological ways. This book directly addresses this development, presenting some of the most recent cutting edge work on S/M by leading international scholars who all seek to understand rather than pathologise. This includes the latest thinking on theory and practice, academic-community pieces, as well as the presentation of new empirical findings across the range of identities and practices that constitute S/M.

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Psychological and medical perspectives on sadomasochism have historically been concerned with understanding it as a form of psychopathology. In the past (but still often today) studies of S/M have been concerned with extreme and most often non-consensual acts. However, more recently there has been growing interest in exploring the mean...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.99 × 5.8 × 0.95 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517749

ISBN - 13:9780230517745

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PART I: INTRODUCING SADOMASOCHISM * Situating Sadomasochism--D. Langdridge and M. Barker * The Cultural Formation of S/M: History and Analysis--K. Sisson * S/M and the Criminal Law: Public Policy, Harm, and the Limits of Consent--M. Weait * A Nosology of the Sexual Interests, Self-Identification, and Relationship Strategies of BDSM Participants--C. Moser and P. Kleinplatz * PART II: THEORISING PAIN AND INJURY * Speaking the Unspeakable: S/M and the Eroticisation of Pain--D. Langdridge * Racialising the Politics Transgression: Body Modification in BDSM and Queer Culture--C. Klesse * Beyond Safety: Erotic Asphyxiation and the Limits of S/M Discourse--L. Downing * Harming or Healing? Understandings of Self- and Other- Inflicted Injury Amongst Sadomasochists--M. Barker * PART III: STORIES FROM THE COMMUNITIES: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH * Sexual Fantasies of S/M Practitioners: The Impact of Gender and S/M Role on Fantasy Content--M. Yost * Socialization into Gay SM: a sexual scripting perspective--E. Chaline * The "Bodily Practices" of Consensual "SM," Spirituality and "Transcendence" * A. Beckmann * Performing Power--The Potential of BDSM Practices to queer Genders and Sexualities--R. Bauer * PART IV: THERAPEUTIC PERSPECTIVES * Kink Therapy Revisited: Therapist Responses to the Potentials and Pitfalls of taking SM in Therapeutic Settings--A. Iantaffi and M. Barker * Is S/M Pathological?--C. Moser and P. Kleinplatz * Shadow Play--D. Easton * Some Benefits of Role-Play in BDSM Encounters--W. A. Henkin * PART V: BRIDGING THE ACADEMIC/ACTIVIST DIVIDE * CARAS: An Initiative to Link Alternative Sexual Communities and Academic Researchers--R. A. Sprott and R. Bienvenu * Voices from the Communities: Perspectives of a Pro-Domme--A. Mile * SM and Sexual Freedom--G. Denkinson * Who's in Charge in an SM Scene--Sophia * Caning and SM--R. Green