What is it about?

Sexuality is not an essential attribute of a body, but an affective flow that connects human and non-human materialities, Fox and Alldred suggest. This approach can be used to explore empirically the production and reproduction of sexualiities.

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Why is it important?

The paper provides a theoretical framework for exploring sexuality, not as an attribute of a particular body, but as a relational assemblage that links human bodies to other bodies and to non-human materialities and abstract concepts. it moves us away from a humanist perspective on sexuality.

Perspectives

This approach has proven very helpful to analyse (in subsequent research) data on young men's sexualities, sexualisation and the impact of sexualised media, and sexualiaties education.

Professor Nick J Fox
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: The Sexuality-Assemblage: Desire, Affect, Anti-Humanism, The Sociological Review, November 2013, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1111/1467-954x.12075.
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