Sex addiction: A critical history

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Show simple item record Reay, Barry en Attwood, N en Gooder, Claire en 2017-06-26T04:01:14Z en 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation Cambridge, UK: Polity en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780745670362 en
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dc.description.abstract The concept of sex addiction took hold in the 1980s as a product of late twentieth-century cultural anxieties. Though essentially mythical, creating a problem that need not exist, sex addiction has to be taken seriously as a phenomenon. Rarely has a socio-psychological discourse had such impact on the public imagination and proven an influential concept in academic circles, too. Its success as a purported malady lay with its medicalization, both as a self-help movement in terms of self-diagnosis, and as a rapidly growing industry of therapists treating the new disease. The media played a role in its history, first with TV, the tabloids, and the case histories of claimed celebrity victims all helping to popularize the concept, and then with the impact of the Internet. This book is a critical history of an archetypically modern sexual syndrome, an examination of the power of an idea and its social context. Reay, Attwood, and Gooder argue that this strange history of social opportunism, diagnostic amorphism, therapeutic self-interest, and popular cultural endorsement is marked by an essential social conservatism: sex addiction has become a convenient term to describe disapproved sex. It is a label without explanatory force. en
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dc.publisher Polity en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Sex addiction: A critical history en
dc.type Book en en Cambridge, UK en
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pubs.subtype Book en
pubs.elements-id 492343 en Arts en Humanities en History en Medical and Health Sciences en Te Kupenga Hauora Maori en TKHM Teaching en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-07-28 en

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