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Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics & Ethics In Contemporary America

Seidman, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0415903572 / ISBN 13: 9780415903578
Published by Routledge London & New York 1992, 1992
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Very Good, Student Markings Demy 8vo, 220pp Very Good Soft Cover This book provides an historical perspective and tries to stake out a middle ground between the fenminist romantic and libertarian positions on the 'sex debate'. Bookseller Inventory # 003436

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Title: Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics & Ethics In ...

Publisher: Routledge London & New York 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Soft cover

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Embattled Eros is a sophisticated analysis of the major dynamics and patterns of the contemporary debate on sexuality. Steven Seidman shows that at the root of the major conflicts within this contoversial field, are two sexual ideologies, the libertarian and the romanticist. Examining the strengths and limits of each ideology, he puts forward outlines for a sexual ethic that goes beyond the current polarization. Seidman suggests a pragmatic ethic that revolves around the concept of sexual and social responsiblity as a bridge between libertarians and romanticists. He argues that mutual consent cannot provide the only basis for limiting sexual expression, but that a sexual ethic should take account of the qualitative aspects of sexual and social change.


"...lucid, graceful and sensible...Siedman's treatment usefully deepens our understanding of some contemporary sexual controversies.." -- David F. Greenberg.Ph.D. Archives of Sexual Behavior - 1998

"This is an important book that bravely tackles perhaps the key question on modern sexual politics: in the post-modern flux, where old certainties have collapsed, on what foundations can a progressive sexual ethics be built? In a lively analysis, Steven Seidman takes us beyond romanticism and libertarianism to an ethics where consent and responsibility become the crucial guidelines for a culture in which sexual diversity is the norm. This book is a major contribution to the ongoing sexuality debate, and will surely become one of its key texts." -- Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Social Relations, Bristol Polytechnic, England.

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