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|Title:||Feminine sexual subjectivities: Bodies, agency and life history|
Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
|Citation:||Bryant, J. & Schofield, T. (2007). Feminine sexual subjectivities: Bodies, agency and life history. Sexualities, 10(3), 321-340. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Sexualities, vol. 10, iss. 3, 2007 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © 2007.|
|Abstract:||The relationship between discourse, sex and the body has attracted sustained interest from scholars in sociology and cultural studies over the last twenty years. It is only recently, however, that sociological analyses of sexuality have begun to explore the specificity of the body and its relationship to human agency. This work suggests that, far from serving as a passive surface upon which sexual scripts are inscribed, the body in sexual action is itself a dynamic force in generating sexual subjectivities. This is related to the way that the praxeological aspects of sex are always corporeal and that corporeality is indivisibly related to individual agency. The specific configuration of sexual practices is central to the making of sexual identities. Indeed, it is through such a configuration that the sexual subject is brought into being. Yet human agency is a central feature of the process, rendering it a project that develops over time. Such an idea is particularly relevant to feminists who are concerned with the way that feminine sexual subjectivity can be theorised as active and desiring. This paper explores the way in which the body is implicated in sex practice and the making of active feminine sexual subjectivities. In doing so, it draws on qualitative data collected from life history interviews with eighteen women.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health|
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