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Author Dowsett, G. W. (Gary W.), author

Title Practicing desire : homosexual sex in the era of AIDS / Gary W. Dowsett
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 1996


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Description viii, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Summary The study establishes a framework for examining homosexuality, gay men, their communities, and HIV/AIDS through a systematic scrutiny of sexual practice - its action, structure, and meanings - as an argument for the sexual construction of homosexuality and gay community
For more than a decade, gay men have faced a terrible crisis - the HIV epidemic and its consequence for many: AIDS. The epidemic coincided with the development of visible gay communities, distilled from cultural, political, and sexual activities, and claiming for homosexual men a recognition of the pleasures and prerogatives of same-sex love. These gay communities are substantial subcultures, often with a geographic focus and commercial infrastructure. The same period has also seen the rise in analyses of gay life that challenge conventional configurations of human sexuality and that have wrought profound changes in such fields as medicine, history, literary criticism, and the social sciences. This study examines these developments in the context of the HIV epidemic through interviews of twenty very different men who live in Sydney's gay community, Australia's largest and most visible, and in the provincial town of Nullangardie
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-316) and index
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects.
Gay liberation movement.
Gays -- Diqeases
Gays -- Diseases.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Social Environment.
Homosexuality, Male.
Sexual Behavior.
LC no. 96010879
ISBN 0804727112 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804727120 (paperback: alk. paper)