Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 224 x 153 x 8 mm
For decades, sociologists of religion and sexuality were stuck asking what American Christians thought about homosexuality. As Sumerau and Cragun illustrate, it's time to ask new questions. The authors dig into topics usually left out by fellow sociologists of religion, exploring the far reaches of American Christian assumptions that privilege monogamy, monosexuality, and cisgender reality and that leave out bisexual, nonbinary, and nonreligious people. This timely book is a must read for understanding the complete landscape of religion and sexuality in contemporary America. -- Kelsy Burke, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Sumerau and Cragun's pathbreaking study sheds light on the ideological assumptions that still inform much social research on attitudes-that male and female are two mutually exclusive categories, that sexual orientation must reflect this dichotomy, that religion is the sole source of morality, and being cisgender in lifelong monogamy is necessary to demonstrate it. They reveal that the stereotypes that used to hound gays and lesbians, of being immature, sick, and/or untrustworthy, have not gone away but been displaced onto less conforming categories of people: bisexuals, trans people, polyamorous people, and atheists. This provocative study is a must-read for anyone seriously committed to value-neutral social science, and could shift the paradigm for social science research. -- Dawne Moon, Marquette University
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