Contemporary women's understandings of female sexuality: Findings from an in-depth interview study

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dc.contributor.author Bellamy, Gary en
dc.contributor.author Gott, Caryl en
dc.contributor.author Hinchliff, S en
dc.contributor.author Nicolson, P en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-29T21:26:44Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation Sexual and Relationship Therapy 26(1):84-95 2011 en
dc.identifier.issn 1468-1994 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12315 en
dc.description.abstract Based upon the findings of a qualitative in-depth interview study with 23 women aged 23–72 years recruited from members of the general public and a psychosexual clinic, this paper explores participants understandings of the term ‘‘sexuality’’. The findings are set within the context of historical, prevailing and often contradictory perceptions of the term. Data were analysed thematically using the conventions of template analysis within a material discursive framework. This paper questions the assumption that sexuality is an altogether powerful and naturally occurring phenomenon. The ability to isolate and give credence to a definitive meaning of the term is, both for participants and academics alike, an arduous undertaking. Rather than focusing primarily on the material body, the extent to which ideology, culture and power intersect with the former indicate its multidimensional, constructed nature. Given the whole host of meanings evoked by the term, the paper asserts that it is more fitting to talk of multiple understandings of sexuality rather than a singular authoritative one whilst also contingent on social and historical practices. The findings have implications that should be considered when evaluating previous sexological research and conducting future research where this term is used throughout as a focus of academic enquiry. en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sexual and Relationship Therapy en
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dc.title Contemporary women's understandings of female sexuality: Findings from an in-depth interview study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14681994.2010.523074 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 84 en
pubs.volume 26 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Routledge en
pubs.end-page 95 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 206103 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Nursing en
dc.identifier.eissn 1468-1749 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-02-20 en


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