Experience, Meaning, and Identity in Sexuality

A Psychosocial Theory of Sexual Stability and Change

  • James Horley
  • Jan Clarke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 1-34
  3. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 35-70
  4. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 71-87
  5. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 89-103
  6. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 105-123
  7. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 125-146
  8. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 167-191
  9. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 193-224
  10. James Horley, Jan Clarke
    Pages 225-244
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 245-295

About this book


This book takes the head-scratching out of human sexuality. Personal construct theory provides the foundation for a psychosocial explanation of sexuality that views everyday social interaction as key to the development of sexual identity and desires. The theory developed here accounts for stability and change in sexual identity through an understanding of the importance of experience and the importance of meaning in everyday life. The potential impact of erotica and pornography on sexual desire is discussed, as is the role of social power on sexual behaviour. The variation of sexual expression among individuals—everything from asexuality and sado-masochism to sexual assault—is examined and explained. Formal techniques for changing sexual desires are also presented. 


Sexual behaviour Sexuality studies Gender Social Psychology Human behaviour Sexual offenders Human identity

Authors and affiliations

  • James Horley
    • 1
  • Jan Clarke
    • 2
  1. 1.Augustana Campus, CamroseUniversity of Alberta EdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Associate Professor of SociologyAlgoma University Sault Ste. MarieCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40096-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-40095-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40096-3
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