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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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Studying Gendered Sexualities over the Life Course

Studying Gendered Sexualities over the Life Course

A Conceptual Framework

(p.23) 1 Studying Gendered Sexualities over the Life Course
Sex for Life

Laura M. Carpenter

John DeLamater

NYU Press

This chapter provides a comprehensive, general conceptual framework that can be used to investigate sexual phenomena. This framework, which is called the gendered sexuality over the life course (GSLC) model, draws on influential approaches and recent developments from life course sociology, feminist theory, and the scripting approach to sexuality. It starts from the premise that events at different stages of life must be understood as fundamentally connected. Additionally, it conceptualizes gender and sexuality as jointly constructed within specific social-structural contexts and sexual identity as developing over, and influencing experiences across, the life course. More specifically, the GSLC framework posits that sexual beliefs and behaviors result from individuals' lifelong accumulations of advantageous and disadvantageous experiences—social, psychological, and physiological—and their adoption or rejection of sexual scripts within specific sociohistorical contexts.

Keywords:   sexual phenomena, GSLC model, life course sociology, feminist theory, scripting approach, sexual identity, sexual beliefs, sexual behaviors, gendered sexuality

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