Social-Historical Construction of Sexuality: Bibliography

Timeline: earliest listed first


Berger, P. L. and Luckmann, T. The social construction of reality: A treatise in the sociology of knowledge. New York, ?


Rubin, Gayle."The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex", in Rayna Reiter, ed., Toward an Anthropology of Women, New York, Monthly Review Press(1975); also reprinted in Second Wave: A Feminist Reader and many other collections.


Foucault, Michel. Histoire de la sexualité, 1: la volonté de savoir. For the English translation see 1978.

Katz, Jonathan Ned. Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1976.
Not fundamentally a social constructionist work, but a first attempt to understand homosexuality as historical; lead to later social and historical constructionist analysis.


Gagnon, J. H. Human sexualities. Pearson Scott Foresman


Laws, J. L. and Schwartz, P. Sexual scripts: The social construction of female sexuality. 1977 Harcourt College Pub


Foucault, Michel (trans. Robert Hurley). The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. New York: Pantheon, 1978.


Rich, Adrienne. "Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 5 (1980), pp. 631–660.

1983, January 1

Ann Snitow, Christine Stansell, Sharon Thompson, eds. Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality. New Feminist Library. New York: Monthly Review Press, January 1, 1983. ISBN-10: 0853456100. ISBN-13: 978-0853456100


Rubin,, Gayle. "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality, in Carole Vance, ed., Pleasure and Danger, (Routledge & Kegan, Paul, 1984. Also reprinted in many other collections, including Abelove, H.; Barale, M. A.; Halperin, D. M.(eds), The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 1994).


Simon, W. and Gagnon, J. H. Sexual scripts: Permanence and change. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Springer


Caplan, Pat, ed. The cultural construction of sexuality.


Kitzinger, C. The social construction of lesbianism. Sage Publications Ltd


Vance, Carole S. "Social Construction Theory: Problems in the History of Sexuality" in A. van Kooten Nierkerk and T. Van Der Meer (eds), Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality? (Amsterdam: An Dekker, 1989): 13-34.


Laqueur, T. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

1990, February

Katz, Jonathan Ned. "The Invention of Heterosexuality", Socialist Review, 20, 1990.


White, Kevin. The First Sexual Revolution: The Emergence Of Male Heterosexuality In Modern America. ISBN Number: 0814792588, 9780814792582. NY: NYU Press.

1993, January

Vance, Carole S. Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. January 1993. ISBN-10: 0044408676. ISBN-13: 978-0044408673


Katz, Jonathan Ned. The invention of heterosexuality. New York : Dutton, 1995


D'emilio, John and Freedman, Estelle B. Intimate matters: A history of sexuality in America.

The middle- class masculinity crisis, with its emphasis on heterosexuality as a marker of gender identity, also contributed to the popularization of the newly invented medical categories of "homosexuality" and "heterosexuality."


Ullman, Sharon R. Sex seen: the emergence of modern sexuality in America. University of California Press.


Vance, Carole. "Social construction theory: Problems in the History of Sexuality." Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies


Warner, Michael. The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life.

1999, Fall

White, Kevin, "The Trouble with Normal: Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality." (review) Journal of Social History - Volume 33, Number 1, Fall 1999, pp. 185-188


E.O. Laumann, E. D., Gagnon, J.H., Michael, R. T., and Michaels, S. The social organization of sexuality: Sexual practices in the United States.


Wickberg, Daniel, Heterosexual White Male: Some Recent Inversions in American Cultural History. The Journal of American History 92.1 (2005): 38 pars. 10 Feb. 2010 .

2005, July 5

[ - Similar "The Heterosexual Revolution." New York Times.]

"Traditional marriage, with its long history, was upended by heterosexuals. Gays and lesbians simply noticed that with its new norms ...."


Epprecht, Marc. Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS. Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Copublished with the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa. Hardcover: 978-0-8214-1798-0. Electronic (pdf): 978-0-8214-4298-2. Paperback: 978-0-8214-1799-7

2009, October

Seidman, Steven. The Social Construction of Sexuality. Second Edition. W.W. Norton.

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