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Gender & Society. Special Issue

Heteronormativity and Sexualities

Avant le 1er octobre

Date de mise en ligne : [04-08-2008]

Gender & Society. Special Issue Call for Papers :

Beth E. Schneider and Jane Ward,

In her groundbreaking 1984 essay "Thinking Sex," Gayle Rubin illustrated that ideas about what constitutes natural and ethical sexuality are used to discipline all people, including subjects occupying multiple axes of privilege. Yet Rubin also argued that sexual norms weigh down most harshly upon groups already marginalized along gender, race, and socioeconomic lines. Far from being reducible to matters of individual orientation, the force of sexual normalcy intersects with other systems of oppression and frequently takes center stage in moral, political, legal, and cultural formations in the U.S. and globally. Though feminist and queer sociologists have been critical of the limited incorporation of queer theoretical insights into the sociology of gender, a growing body of social science research has indeed begun to investigate sexual norms—and heteronormativity in particular—as a central organizing principle in social life, one with consequences well beyond discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

This special issue of Gender & Society seeks articles that investigate the operation and effects of heteronormativity (defined broadly as the beliefs and practices that naturalize heterosexuality and place it at the center of social organization) and resistance across a variety of gendered, racialized, and classed contexts. We welcome papers providing sociologically-grounded, data-rich empirical scholarship that demonstrates how heteronormativity works in everyday lives, production of culture, and the practice of social institutions. More, we welcome papers focused on the following analytic categories, especially those that engage the concept of heteronormativity as it applies to each :

. Gendered bodies, sex acts, and sexual pleasure
. Sexual and racialized desires
. Sex-related consumption and marketing
. Sexual and gender subcultures
. Sexual regulation and violence
. Sexual socialization and identification
. Sexuality and institutions
. Sexuality and aging
. Global sexualities
. Sexual communities and movements
. Sexuality and ability
. New theorizations of sexuality, gender, race, and socioeconomic class

Completed manuscripts should be submitted online to
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gendsoc and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue. Manuscripts are due October 1, 2008.

For additional information, please contact either co-editor :

Professor Beth Schneider
Department of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor Jane Ward
Department of Women’s Studies
University of California, Riverside

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