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Author Kauth, Michael R.

Title True nature : a theory of sexual attraction / Michael R. Kauth.

Published New York : Kluwer, 2000.


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 UniM Bail  306.7 KAUT    AVAILABLE
Physical description 250 pages ; 26cm.
Series Perspectives in sexuality.
Perspectives in sexuality.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Obfuscation and Clarification: an Introduction 1 -- 1.1 Challenging Assumptions 7 -- 1.2 Naming Sexual Attraction 14 -- 1.3 Overview of the Book 28 -- Chapter 2 Libido and Learning: Psychosocial Models 31 -- 2.1 Freud and the Post-Freudians 35 -- 2.2 Learning and Conditioning 49 -- 2.3 Salvaging Psychosexual Theories of Sexual Attraction 65 -- Chapter 3 Culture's Child: A Social Constructionist Model 67 -- 3.1 Essentialist-Constructionist "Debate": Principles of Social Constructionism 70 -- 3.2 Limits of Social Constructionism 105 -- 3.3 Salvaging Social Constructionism 108 -- Chapter 4 Parts and Pieces: Evolutionary and Biological Models 111 -- 4.1 Androgen Under- and Overexposure Theories 115 -- 4.2 Other Biomedical Research in Sexual Orientation Development 134 -- 4.3 Salvaging Biomedical Models of Sexual Attraction 165 -- Chapter 5 A Synthesis: the Development and Function of Sexual Attractions 169 -- 5.1 Ultimate Causation 170 -- 5.2 Proximate Causation 186 -- Chapter 6 Present and Future Questions 213 -- 6.1 A Research Program 213.
Summary This volume presents an updated and truly interactionist theory of sexual attraction, in which biologically based erotic processing biases are continually exploited or challenged by social and cultural conditions. From this perspective, social orientation is viewed as a process rather than an outcome. The author takes an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon data from anthropology, sociology, gender studies, social constructionism, behavioral and developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, endocrinology, and cognitive functioning to support his theory. This text will be of interest to sexologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists and other social scientists interested in human sexuality
Subject Sexual attraction.
ISBN 0306463903