The Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion: Deconstructing Sadomasochism by A. BeckmannThe Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion: Deconstructing Sadomasochism by A. Beckmann

The Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion: Deconstructing Sadomasochism

byA. Beckmann

Hardcover | September 29, 2009

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This book deconstructs the social construction of 'Sadomasochism' via insights into the lived realities of consensual 'SM' practitioners. Through this fascinating ethnographic approach, Andrea Beckmann defamiliarizes 'sexuality' and 'sadomasochism' and exposes their true functional relationship to power. The Social Construction of Sadomasochism thus provides a broadly relevant argument that makes a considerable contribution to contemporary debates about the 'body', 'sexualities', the 'care of self' and the 'postmodernization of intimacy'.

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Andrea Beckmann is at the University of Lincoln.
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Title:The Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion: Deconstructing SadomasochismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230522106

ISBN - 13:9780230522107

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Exploring and Deconstructing `Normalising' Concepts : 'Body', 'Sexuality', 'Perversion' and 'Pain' * In the `field': Realities of Consensual `SM' and the 'Subjugated Knowledges' of these 'Bodily Practices' * Operations and Purposes of a Social Construction: Elements of the Construction `Sadomasochism' versus Realities of Consensual `SM' - Institutionalised Forms of Pain-distribution and the Production of `Truth' * Immanent Contradictions of Modernity--and the Potential Meanings of the Rising Interest in the `Bodily Practices' of Consensual `SM' * Consensual `SM' and `Transcendence' * Alternative Readings of Consensual `SM' * Appendix * Bibliography