Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Sexology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_280

Introduction

Sexology has traditionally been undertaken by medics, biologists, and quantitative psychologists, and there is therefore significant overlap between sexology and the mainstream psychology of human sexual behavior. However, recent years have seen the emergence of a “critical sexology” movement which draws upon sociological, critical and queer understandings of sexuality and attempts an interdisciplinary dialogue with more conventional forms of sexology and psychosexual therapy. This emergence has occurred in parallel with the development of critical psychological work on sexuality, with many of the same writers and academics involved in both projects. The “British school” of critical sexology (Noonan, 2010), the Psychology of Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (formally the Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section), and the New View Campaign (Kaschak & Tiefer, 2001) have been key players in developing a more explicitly critical approach to sexology...

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References

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Online Resources

  1. The Kinsey Institute. http://www.kinseyinstitute.org
  2. The World Association for Sexual Health. http://www.worldsexology.org
  3. BPS Psychology of Sexualities section. http://pss.bps.org.uk/pss/pss_home.cfm
  4. The New View Campaign. http://www.fsd-alert.org

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK