Sex addiction: A critical history

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dc.contributor.author Reay, Barry en
dc.contributor.author Attwood, N en
dc.contributor.author Gooder, Claire en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-26T04:01:14Z en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation Cambridge, UK: Polity en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780745670362 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33762 en
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
dc.description.uri http://librarysearch.auckland.ac.nz/UOA2_A:Combined_Local:uoa_alma21248229640002091 en
dc.format.extent 8 en
dc.publisher Polity en
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dc.title Sex addiction: A critical history en
dc.type Book en
pubs.author-url https://books.google.co.nz/books?id=EXDgCAAAQBAJ&dq=9780745670362&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y en
pubs.place-of-publication Cambridge, UK en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Book en
pubs.elements-id 492343 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Humanities en
pubs.org-id History en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Te Kupenga Hauora Maori en
pubs.org-id TKHM Teaching en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-07-28 en


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