The Social Construction of Sexuality and Perversion: Deconstructing Sadomasochism

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byAndrea Beckmann

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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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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 Sado...

Andrea Beckmann is at the University of Lincoln.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage: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