South american reader

Training on gender, sexuality, and ethnic/race relations for teaching professionals

Although mature and vibrant, Latin American scholarship on sexuality still remains largely invisible to a global readership. In this collection of articles translated from Portuguese and Spanish, South American scholars explore the values, practices, knowledge, moralities and politics of sexuality in a variety of local contexts. While conventionally read as an intellectual legacy of Modernity, Latin American social thinking and research has in fact brought singular forms of engagement with, and new ways of looking at, political processes.

Contributors to this reader have produced fresh and situated understandings of the relations between gender, sexuality, culture and society across the region. Topics in this volume include sexual politics and rights, sexual identities and communities, eroticism, pornography and sexual consumerism, sexual health and well-being, intersectional approaches to sexual cultures and behavior, sexual knowledge, and sexuality research methodologies in Latin America.



Table of ContentsSexuality, Culture and Politics – A South American Reader

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1. The boundaries and conventions of sexual knowledge Adriana Piscitelli, Maria Filomena Gregori and Sérgio Carrara
2. Researching sexual subjects Mario Pecheny
3. Towards a democratic right to sexuality Roger Raupp Rios
4. Sexuality and Social Science as seen from Brazil: a critical reading of conventions Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte



11. The sexual trajectories of young Brazilians: from initiation to the possibility of pregnancy Maria Luiza Heilborn and Cristiane S. Cabral
12. Female preeminences and male absences in voluntary abortion Martha Celia Ramírez-Gálvez
13. Paternity in youth trajectories: a contribution to the debate on “adolescent pregnancy” Cristiane S. Cabral
14. Disclosure of adolescent pregnancy in middle-class families: tensions and dilemmas Elaine Reis Brandão
15. Abortion and life trajectories in four Latin American cities Maria Luiza Heilborn, Mónica Petracci, Mara Viveros and Susana Rostagnol