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Author Albanesi, Heather, 1969-

Title Gender and sexual agency : how young people make choices about sex / Heather Albanesi.

Published Lanham : Lexington Books, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.708350973 ALBA    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pt. I. Introduction -- 1. The Sexual Landscape Today: A Promise Unfulfilled? -- 2. Gender and Sexual Agency -- Pt. II. Expressing Agency -- 3. Shari - Playing the Game -- 4. Juan - Refusing a "Player" Masculinity -- 5. Qui - Maintaining a Christian Identity -- 6. Maya - Asserting a Feminine Vulnerability -- 7. Claire - "My Parents Can Count on Me!" -- Pt. III. Eschewing Agency -- 8. Margaret - Deferring to Partner Pressure -- 9. Antonio - Choosing to Abdicate Control -- 10. Laura - Deferring to Momentum -- Pt. IV. Moving toward Agency -- 11. Carolyn - A Cynical Romantic -- 12. Lilly - Moving toward Mutuality -- 13. Michael - Keeping Sex Special -- Pt. V. Conclusions -- 14. Personal Sense of Gender and Sexual Agency -- Methodological Appendix.
Summary "Gender and Sexual Agency considers how heterosexual Latino American, Asian American and white youth negotiate sexual encounters. In particular, the book examines sexual agency, exploring the question of why some young people assertively pursue what they want in a sexual encounter, while others go along with sexual activity they do not want. By comparing both young men and young women, Heather Powers Albanesi offers a unique perspective on how an individual's emotional experience of gender informs his or her willingness to exercise sexual agency." "Using interviews to support her theoretical argument, Albanesi describes 11 different types of sexual agency, ranging from having strong convictions about their sexual decisions to abdicating responsibility to their partner. As the expressers of sexual agency, the voices of these youth from primarily working-class backgrounds come through to take us into their sexual decisions as they understand and experience them within the context of their lives. Ultimately, regardless of the decision, the book shows that it is young people's experience of gender that both shapes and allows them to make sense of these sexual choices."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Youth -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- Case studies.
ISBN 9780739134986 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739135006 (electronic)