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The trouble with nature : sex in science and popular culture

Author: Roger N Lancaster
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
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Roger N. Lancaster provides the definitive rebuttal of evolutionary just-so stories about men, women, and the nature of desire in this spirited expose of the heterosexual fables that pervade popular culture, from prime-time sitcoms to scientific theories about the so-called gay gene. Lancaster links the recent resurgence of biological explanations for gender norms, sexual desires, and human nature in general with  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger N Lancaster
ISBN: 0520202872 9780520202870 0520236203 9780520236202
OCLC Number: 49404271
Description: xiii, 442 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: In the Beginning, Nature --
The Normal Body --
The Human Design --
Our Animals, Our Selves --
The Science Question: Cultural Preoccupations and Social Struggles --
Sexual Selection: Eager, Aggressive Boy Meets Coy, Choosy Girl --
The Selfish Gene --
Genomania and Heterosexual Fetishism --
Biological Beauty and the Straight Arrow of Desire --
Homo Faber, Family Man --
T-Power --
Nature's Marriage Laws --
Marooned on Survivor Island --
Selective Affinities: Commonalities and Differences in the Family of Man --
The Social Body --
The Practices of Sex --
This Queer Body --
The Biology of the Homosexual --
Desire Is Not a "Thing" --
Familiar Patterns, Dangerous Liaisons --
"Nature" in Quotation Marks --
Money's Subject --
History and Historicity Flow through the Body Politic --
The Politics of Dread and Desire --
Sex and Citizenship in the Age of Flexible Accumulation.
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Links the resurgence of biological explanations for gender norms, sexual desires, and human nature in general with the battles over sexual politics. This work shows how journalists, scientists, and  Read more...

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