What’s Sex Got to Do With It? Heterosexuality as an Organising Principle

  • Jenny Hockey
  • Angela Meah
  • Victoria Robinson
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Abstract

In Chapters 5 and 6 we examined the discourses that people draw upon in constructing their narratives of heterosexuality — but the question we address now, in this and the following chapter, is what happens in practice as people live out their diverse heterosexual lives? Does the prioritising of the sexual in their accounts tell us the whole story about heterosexuality? Here, we examine its wider sphere of influence as an organising principle and ask how this is expressed in family practices (Morgan, 1996) — where, our data show, it is clearly a matter of something more than sex.

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© Jenny Hockey, Angela Meah and Victoria Robinson 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenny Hockey
    • 1
  • Angela Meah
    • 2
  • Victoria Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.University of ManchesterUK

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