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Sex for LifeFrom Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives$
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Laura Carpenter and John DeLamater

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772522

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.001.0001

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Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Lifelong Sexualities for the Twenty-First Century

Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Lifelong Sexualities for the Twenty-First Century

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(p.299) 15 Toward an Interdisciplinary Science of Lifelong Sexualities for the Twenty-First Century
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Sex for Life
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John DeLamater

Laura M. Carpenter

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.003.0015

This concluding chapter provides a synthesis of this book's empirical research and its vision for future research on sexualities from birth to death and every age in between. Many of the studies in this present volume illustrate how specific aspects of sexuality unfold across multiple stages of the life course. Almost all of them address at least three of the major forces—biology, psychology, society, culture, and history—shaping sexual expression. Moreover, whereas earlier work often examined race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and sexual identity in isolation, complex analyses of social location are incorporated in almost every chapter in this book. Another goal of this book has been to showcase the wide range of substantive topics that can benefit from analysis through a life course lens. The book thus encourage scholars to look at sexuality studies through a life course perspective.

Keywords:   sexual expression, sexual identity, social location, life course theory, sexuality studies

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