Queer science : the use and abuse of research into homosexuality / Simon LeVay.

By: LeVay, Simon
Material type: TextTextSeries: MIT Press Ser: Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1996Description: 1 online resource (x, 364 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 058500336X; 9780585003368; 9780262278201; 0262278200Subject(s): Homosexuality -- Research -- Social aspects | Sexual orientation -- Research -- Social aspects | Homosexuality | Research | Genetic Predisposition to Disease | Hormones | Prevalence | Abortion, Eugenic | Men | Health | Sexuality | Prejudice | Behavioral Research | Eugenics | History, 20th Century | Civil Rights | Genetics, Behavioral | Psychotherapy | Stereotyping | Attitude | Women | Politics | History | Psychology | Brain | Behavioral Sciences | Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists | Social Sciences | Behavior | Humanities | Psychology, Social | Reproductive Physiological Phenomena | Abortion, Induced | Morbidity | Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Social Behavior | Genotype | Persons | Genetics | Human Rights | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Science | Population Characteristics | History, Modern 1601- | Central Nervous System | Disease Susceptibility | Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena | Obstetric Surgical Procedures | Reproductive and Urinary Physiological Phenomena | Social Control, Formal | Named Groups | Biology | Psychiatry and Psychology | Vital Statistics | Delivery of Health Care | Natural Science Disciplines | Physiological Effects of Drugs | Disease Attributes | Nervous System | Chemicals and Drugs | Genetic Phenomena | Pharmacologic Actions | Demography | Biological Science Disciplines | Health Care Economics and Organizations | Phenomena and Processes | Data Collection | Surgical Procedures, Operative | Anatomy | Disciplines and Occupations | Sociology | Pathologic Processes | Epidemiologic Methods | Epidemiologic Measurements | Chemical Actions and Uses | Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Information Science | Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms | Disease | Public Health | Investigative Techniques | Environment and Public Health | Sexual Behavior | PSYCHOLOGY -- Human Sexuality | SELF-HELP -- Sexual Instruction | Homosexuality -- Research -- Social aspects | Sexual orientation -- Research -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Queer science.DDC classification: 306.76/0723 LOC classification: HQ76.25 | .L497 1996ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
1. Hirschfeld and the Third Sex -- 2. The Nature and Prevalence of Homosexuality -- 3. The Talking Cure -- 4. Learning and Unlearning Homosexuality -- 5. Hormones -- 6. The Brain -- 7. Mental Traits -- 8. Stress -- 9. Genes -- 10. Against Nature? -- 11. Sickness or Health? -- 12. Science and the Law -- 13. Science Fiction -- Science Future? -- 14. Conclusions.
Summary: What makes people gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual? And who cares? These are the twin themes of Queer Science, a scientific and social analysis of research in the field of sexual orientation. Written by one of the leading scientists involved in this research, it looks at how scientific discoveries about homosexuality influence society's attitude toward gays and lesbians, beginning with the theories of the German sexologist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and culminating with the latest discoveries in brain science, genetics, and endocrinology, and cognitive psychology. Research into homosexuality exemplifies both the promise and the danger of science applied to human nature. LeVay argues that the question of causation should not be the crucial issue in the gay-rights debate, but that science does have an important contribution to make. It can help to demonstrate that the traditional and still prevalent view of homosexuality - as a mere set of behaviors that anyone might show - is inadequate, and that gays and lesbians are in a real sense a distinct group of people within the larger society with a privileged insight into their own natures.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-347) and index.

1. Hirschfeld and the Third Sex -- 2. The Nature and Prevalence of Homosexuality -- 3. The Talking Cure -- 4. Learning and Unlearning Homosexuality -- 5. Hormones -- 6. The Brain -- 7. Mental Traits -- 8. Stress -- 9. Genes -- 10. Against Nature? -- 11. Sickness or Health? -- 12. Science and the Law -- 13. Science Fiction -- Science Future? -- 14. Conclusions.

What makes people gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual? And who cares? These are the twin themes of Queer Science, a scientific and social analysis of research in the field of sexual orientation. Written by one of the leading scientists involved in this research, it looks at how scientific discoveries about homosexuality influence society's attitude toward gays and lesbians, beginning with the theories of the German sexologist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and culminating with the latest discoveries in brain science, genetics, and endocrinology, and cognitive psychology. Research into homosexuality exemplifies both the promise and the danger of science applied to human nature. LeVay argues that the question of causation should not be the crucial issue in the gay-rights debate, but that science does have an important contribution to make. It can help to demonstrate that the traditional and still prevalent view of homosexuality - as a mere set of behaviors that anyone might show - is inadequate, and that gays and lesbians are in a real sense a distinct group of people within the larger society with a privileged insight into their own natures.

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