ERIC Number: ED387375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Sexual Cultures and the Construction of Adolescent Identities. Health, Society, and Policy Series.
Irvine, Janice M., Ed.
This collection of essays presents a new vision of adolescent sexuality shaped by a variety of social factors: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, physical ability, and cultural messages propagated in films, books, and within families. The book is divided into three parts: (1) Contexts and Theories; (2) Cultures and Communities; and (3) Texts and Conversations. The contributors consider the full range of cultural influences that form a teenager's sexual identity and argue that education must include more than its current overriding message of denial hinged on warnings of HIV and AIDS infection and teenage pregnancy. Examining sexual experiences, feelings, and development of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, gay men and lesbians, and disabled women, this book provides a new understanding of adolescent sexuality that goes beyond the biological approach. (RJC)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Cultural Influences, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Sex Education, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (paperback: ISBN-1-56639-136-9; hardcover: ISBN-1-56639-135-0, $44.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A