Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies

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Marysol Asencio
Rutgers University Press, Oct 26, 2009 - Social Science - 390 pages
Latina/os are currently the largest minority population in the United States. They are also one of the fastest growing. Yet, we have very limited research and understanding of their sexualities. Instead, stereotypical images flourish even though scholars have challenged the validity and narrowness of these images and the lack of attention to the larger social context. Gathering the latest empirical work in the social and behavioral sciences, this reader offers us a critical lens through which to understand these images and the social context framing Latina/os and their sexualities.

Situated at the juncture of Latina/o studies and sexualities studies, Latina/o Sexualities provides a single resource that addresses the current state of knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective. Contributors synthesize and critique the literature and carve a separate space where issues of Latina/o sexualities can be explored given the limitations of prevalent research models. This work compels the current wave in sexuality studies to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities and sets an agenda that policy makers and researchers will find invaluable.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1 A History of Latinao Sexualities
Histories of Latinao Sexualities 1898 to 1965
3 Latinao Childhood Sexuality
An Interdisciplinary Literature Review
5 Sexual Health of Latinao Populations in the United States
6 Latinao Sex Policy
Some Feminist Sociological Reflections on Heterosexual Sex and Romance in US Latinao Communities
Latinao Sexualities Research Agenda Project
13 Latinas Sex Work and Trafficking in the United States
Charting Courses in the Social Sciences
15 Latinao Transpopulations
Reframing the Discourse on Latinao Bisexualities
Toward New Cartographies of Latino Latin American Male SameSex Desire
Sexual Health Frameworks for Latino Gay Men and Other Men Who Enjoy Sex with Men
Rethinking the Maps Where Latinao and Sexuality Meet

8 Representations of Latinao Sexuality in Popular Culture
9 Cultural Production of Knowledge on Latinao Sexualities
Knowledge Production and the Praxis of HIV Prevention
A Thread of Current Works
Notes
Contributors
Index
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Marysol Asencio is an associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latinostudies and human development and family studies at the University of Connecticut. She is author of Sex and Sexuality among New York's Puerto Rican Youth.

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