Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 515–530 | Cite as

Queers, Bodies and Postmodern Sexualities: A Note on Revisiting the “Sexual” in Symbolic Interactionism

  • Ken Plummer


This article reflects on the linkage between developments in symbolic interactionist theory over the past thirty years and the sociological study of the social construction of sexualities. After some personal reflections on the development of the theory, four main themes are highlighted: the links to postmodernism and queer theory; the paths to new research styles; some internal problems with the theory; and the need to reinstall the importance of the body. The article concludes that symbolic interactionism remains a major approach to the study of sexuality.

sexuality symbolic interactionism postmodernism queer theory the body 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken Plummer
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  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentUniversity of EssexEssexUK

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