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Introduction: The Analysis of Sexual Inequality

Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

in Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246140
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0001
Introduction: The Analysis of Sexual Inequality

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Sexual inequality, in its various forms and consequences, manifested in various objective and subjective ways, is a vogue in the United States. Scarcity of social-legal protection is rivaled by that of knowledge of sexual health, and sexual rights. Research in this field has been fraught with stumbling blocks arising out of historical barriers. Moreover, the role of the social scientist, including her sexual subjectivity and positionality, has largely been ignored in mainstream study. Such tendencies are constitutive of structural violence. Considerations of this paradigm have led to the practice of participatory research, and the identification of sexual injustice as pre or post social inequality. This text reflects cross-disciplinary perspectives converging on the common treatment of social inequality as the lens of viewing sexual injustice.

Keywords: sexual inequality; United States; sexual health; historical barrier; sexual subjectivity; participatory research

Chapter.  12403 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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