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Book Reviews Sex Roles, Vol. 41, No. 1/2, 1999 Book Re iews longslowburn. By Kath Weston (New York, Routle dge, 1998), 265 pp., Cloth $75, PB $18.99. It is not often that one reads a scholarly book that is also witty. We found ourselves smiling often and even sometimes laughing out loud as Weston, with a lively, bold style, weaves together lesbian/bisexual gay theory with case studies, 10 years of ethnographic research, and personal experiences in longslowburn. Weston, a cultural anthropolog ist, guides the reader through a journe y of interrelated essays, but presents her two major obje ctives in the introduc- tion. First, she wants to resituate the topic of sexuality or eroticism within the long intellectual history of the social sciences. In addition, she wants to persuade us that such standard topics as work, family, migration, normal- ity, and power cannot be adequately unde rstood without taking account of sexuality, which has infuse d the pursuit of knowle dge in all areas of social science and is always a compone nt of theory. She argue s against the trend within unive rsities to ``ghettoize’ ’ the study of sexuality, to present it as a fringe topic or passing fad, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

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Sex Roles , Volume 41 (2) – Sep 30, 2004
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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1018893926471
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Sex Roles, Vol. 41, No. 1/2, 1999 Book Re iews longslowburn. By Kath Weston (New York, Routle dge, 1998), 265 pp., Cloth $75, PB $18.99. It is not often that one reads a scholarly book that is also witty. We found ourselves smiling often and even sometimes laughing out loud as Weston, with a lively, bold style, weaves together lesbian/bisexual gay theory with case studies, 10 years of ethnographic research, and personal experiences in longslowburn. Weston, a cultural anthropolog ist, guides the reader through a journe y of interrelated essays, but presents her two major obje ctives in the introduc- tion. First, she wants to resituate the topic of sexuality or eroticism within the long intellectual history of the social sciences. In addition, she wants to persuade us that such standard topics as work, family, migration, normal- ity, and power cannot be adequately unde rstood without taking account of sexuality, which has infuse d the pursuit of knowle dge in all areas of social science and is always a compone nt of theory. She argue s against the trend within unive rsities to ``ghettoize’ ’ the study of sexuality, to present it as a fringe topic or passing fad,

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