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Jonathan Ned Katz: Envisioning Revision

Research for the Revision of Envisioning the World We Make

as of March 11, 2016 5:33 pm EST

Additions I am thinking about making to the theory essay:

1. Sexuality and Race. Add section discussing and illustrating the overlapping modes of production of sexuality and race. See essays that begin to do this. Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line: Race and The Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000. 

2. Heterosexual History Periodization. Add a section discussing works on "critical heterosexual history" (say what that is) that discuss the major change that seems to be happening in the production of heterosexuality since the U.S. Supreme Court's anti-sodomy law decision and its pro gay marriage decision (those decisions are one way of periodizing and dating the change). 

Chiang, Howard H. ?

Dean, James Joseph. Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture. NY: New York University Press, August 5, 2014. (See especially: 1 “Introduction”: 1-21; 2 “From ‘Normal’ to Heterosexual: The Historical Making of Heterosexualities”: 47-86. Critical heterosexual history.)

Ghaziani, Amin. “The Reinvention of Heterosexuality.” Gay and Lesbian Review v. 17, n. 3, 2010: 27-29. 

3. Models: Add section discussing the various models that have been offered for analyzing sexuality as a social phenomena, listed and discussed by Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, and Michaels, in The Social Organization of Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 1994), section on "Theoretical Background." Network Theory; Scripting Theory; and Choice Theory. Also discuss "Field Theory" applied to sexuality, discussed in a book by Green, Adam Isaiah, ed. Sexual Fields: Toward a Sociology of Collective Sexual Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Also discuss the various versions of social construction theory, and cite examples. (A) What are constructed are sexual "identities," not sexual acts. (B)What are constructed are "discourses," the words and concepts associated with sexuality. (C) What are constructed are particular "scripts," the approved rules for sexual conduct. (D) What are constructed are particular kinds of human relationships (Network Theory). (E) What are constructed are particular subjectivities or psychologies. Say how mode of construction/production theory differs from all of these.

3. Implications: Add section on the implications of heterosexuality as time and culture bound -- as historically and socially specific, rather than a term for universally the same female-male sexual interactions. (List in earlier version of JNK essay.) For example, historians can't, without distortion, use "heterosexual," "heterosexuality," "heterosexualities," or "heteronormativity" as analytical concepts that apply universally. ETC.

4. Use-Values. Say more about Marx's discussion of what he calls "use-values," analogous to "exchange-values." Marx touches on the idea of an economy of use-values but quickly leaves that analysis to focus on capitalism and the relationship between a class of wage laborers and capitalists. Discuss idea of production for use versus production for profit.

5. Overlapping Modes of Production. The theory and model of social-historical construction that I offered in my published essay was inspired by and is an extension of Karl Marx's mode of production theory, and especially the section in Capital, Volume I, in which he talks about the production of "use-values," useful things. The theory and model suggest that researchers need to inquire into the following historicaly specific modes of production:

the modes of production of culture
the modes of production of discourse
the modes of production of emotions
the modes of production of gender
the modes of production of human alienation from human
the modes of production of humans
the modes of production of race
the modes of production of sexuality

6. Heterosexual history. When I first introduce heterosexual history explicate more fully that we now commonly understand the term/concept heterosexual to refer universally to all sexual and affectional relationships of women and men, females and males. I suggest that to do heterosexual history we need to question that universal definition. I suggest that, in fact, heterosexual is one historically specific, time-bound ways of conceptualizing and naming the sexual and affectional relationships of women and men.

7. What has been written that is relevant to my theorizing? I want to know more about what others have written that is most relevant to revising this essay. It seems to me that the basic categories of research are the following. These are the areas on which I want to first develop bibliographies of the most relevant sounding articles and books.

The hugeness of the bibliography is a problem. What are the reading priorities for the revision of "Envisioning"? 

Create separate bibliographies for works that touch on the following subjects. 

Action Theory
Seems like this was developed by uncritical liberal thinkers or very conservative thinkers. How could they avoid seeing that Marxism was a form of action theory?

Heterosexuality, Historiography of, Theories of

Historical Materialist Theory
I want to check and see what has been said under this heading about modes of production and production for use.

Materialist Feminist, Marxist Feminist, Socialist Feminist Theory.
Analysis of women's work in the domestic sphere, in the work of human reproduction and childrearing begins to seriously, substantially question work that is not considered work, because it's not paid a wage and does not (at least obviously) contribute directly to capitalist profit making.

Mode of Production Theory
Mode of production theory seems to be discussed in two kinds of sources: one: histories of different modes of production and the transition from one to another; two: development/underdevelopment theory and critical analyses of colonialism and imperialism.

Production for Use Theory.
The mode of production of useful things, the political economy of useul things. Where in Marx's works does he touch on this? Capital, Volume 1, seciton on "Production for Use" and "Use-Values" as opposed to "exchange-values."

Social Construction of Gender Theory
The masculine and feminine was another area in which social construction theory was first developed.  

Social Construction of Race Theory
One of the earliest areas in which social construction theory was developed and applied.

Social Construction of Sexuality Theory
Study when soc const was first applied to sexuality.

Social-Historical Construction Theory
Are there any other areas of analysis in which thinkers have suggested anything similar?


8  Add to "Space" section of Mode of Construction Theory.

Ghaziani, Amin. 2015. “The Queer Metropolis.” Pp. 305-330 in DeLamater, John and Rebecca F. Plante (eds). Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities. New York: Springer.  The queer metropolis has developed across three periods of time. During the closet era (1870—World War II), “scattered gay places” like cabarets and public parks were based in bohemian parts of the city. Distinct gay neighborhoods formed during the coming out era (World War II—1997), and they flourished in the “great gay migration” that ensued following the Stonewall riots. Today’s post-gay era (1998—present) is characterized by an unprecedented societal acceptance of homosexuality. Many existing districts are “de-gaying” (gays and lesbians are moving out) and “straightening” (heterosexuals are moving in) in this context. This chapter reviews research on the dynamic relationship between sexuality and the city across these three periods. See http://aminghaziani.net/articles-essays

Ghaziani, Amin. 2011. “Post-Gay Collective Identity Construction.” Social Problems 58(1): 99-125. This piece considers how historical changes in the meaning of sexuality affect the ways in which activists construct their collective identity. Consistent with conventional wisdom, LGBT activists construct collective identity using an oppositional “us versus them” framework during those times when they strategically deploy their differences from heterosexuals. But what happens when activists seek to emphasize their similarities to straights, as they are motivated to do during a post-gay moment? Keywords: collective identity, sexuality, post-gay, culture, social movements.

Ghaziani, Amin. 2010. “The Reinvention of Heterosexuality.” Gay and Lesbian Review 17(3): 27-29. Jonathan Ned Katz’s famous heterosexual history stopped at 1982. What has happened since then?



See detailed bibliographies on each othese below.


Action Theory


Heterosexuality: Historiography of, Theories of

See * items especially.

Adams, Mary Louise. The Trouble with Normal: Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. (Critical heterosexual history.)*

Archer, Bert. The End of Gay (and the Death of Heterosexuality). Canada: Doubleday/Random House, 1999; Fusion Press, 2002; NY: Thunder’s Mouth Press/Avalon Publishing Group, 2004.*

Bach, Rebecca Ann. “Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Othello and Desdemona: Race and Emerging Heterosexuality.” In Rebecca Ann Bach and Gwynne Kennedy, eds. Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rackin. Susquehanna University Press, August 1, 2010: PP?. (Critical heterosexual history.)

Bach, Rebecca Ann. Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Before Heterosexuality. Palgrave Macmillian, 2007. (See “Introduction: Before Heterosexuality,” 1-24. Critical heterosexual history.)

Beasley, Chris, Heather Brook, Mary Holmes. Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice. NY: Routledge, 2012. (See, especially: “Introduction,” “1 Nasty, Boring and Normative? Heterosexuality within the Conceptual Map of Gender and Sexuality Studies;” “3 Unknown Paths: Theorizing Changes in Heterosexual Intimacy;” and “Conclusion: Theorizing Social Change from the realm of the Dominant.”

Beasley, Chris. “Libidinous Politics: Heterosex, ‘Transgression,’ and Social Change.” Australian Feminist Studies, 26 (67): 25-40.

Blank, Hanne. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.  (Critical heterosexual history.)

Boyarin, Daniel. Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man. Berkely: University of California Press, 1997. (Critical heterosexual history.)

Bromley, James M., Will Stocton, eds. Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England. Afterword by Valerie Traub. Mineapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. (For “heteroeroticism,” “heteronormativity,” “heterosexual-homosexual binary,” “heterosexuality,”and “heterosexual relations” see: 9, 1, 12, 36, 42-43, 45,48, 51 n. 21, 60, 79 n. 3, 84 n.32, 99-100, 105, 113, 121, 123, 124, 125, 132, 160, 174, 202, 269, 285; “marriage, heteronormative,” 119, 121, 287 n. 4, 291; and “marriage, heterosexual” 222-23, 269, 291. Critical heterosexual history.)

Brooten, Bernadette J. Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. (On the heterosexual/homosexual binary and whether it existed in early Christian times see “Introduction,” 1-17, and “Conclusion,” 359-62.)

Buchbinder, Howard, Varda Burstyn, Dina Forbes, Mercedes Steedman, eds. Who's on Top? The Politics of Heterosexuality. Toronto: Garamond, April 1987.

Butler, Judith. “Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 13, n. 1: 14-44. 


Chauncey, George Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World (1890-1940). NY: Basic Books, June 1994. (See ch. 4, 'The Forging of Queer Identities and the Emergence of Heterosexuality in Middle-Class Culture," and, index: "Heterosexuality, concept of, absence of ... ; emergence of, in middle-class culture ... ; homoheterosexual binarism." Critical heterosexual history.)

Chiang, Howard H. "Homosexual Behavior in the United States, 1988-2004: Quantitative Empirical Support for the Social Construction Theory of Sexuality." Copyright 2006. Accessed March 10, 2016 from http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/1528810/19882689/1344979793750/Howard_Chiang_Homosexual+Behavior.pdf?token=ZFdfLYSc3bttzh%2BegJPxXyJL4RU%3D

Chiang, Howard H. "On the Historiographical Politics of Queer Sexuality: Thinking across the Post-Colonial and LGBTQ2 Subjects of History." Accessed March 10, 2016 from http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/collegeofhumanities/history/exhistoria/volume1/HowardHChiangessay.pdf **ADD TO MAIN BIBLIOG AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCT BIBLIOG

Ehrenreich, Barbara, Elizabeth Hess, and Gloria Jacobs. Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex. Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1987. (See especially 'The Battle for Orgasm Equity: The Heterosexual Crisis of the Seventies": 7-102.*



Historical Materialist Theory


Materialist Feminist, Marxist Feminist, Socialist Feminist Theory. 

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1953: Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex (1949). NY: Knopf, 1953. (See "heterosexual" in index.)

1969: Rowbotham, Sheila. Women's Liberation and the New Politics (Spokesman, 1969).

1972: Rowbotham, Sheila. Women, Resistance and Revolution: A History of Women and Revolution in the Modern World. Pantheon Books, 1st American edition, 1972. Allen Lane, 1973; Verso, 2014.

1973: Rowbotham, Sheila, compiler.  Women’s Liberation and Revolution: A Bibliography. Bristol, England; The Falling Wall Press; 1973; 2nd Edition edition (1973)

1973: Rowbotham, Sheila. Hidden from History: 300 years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against it. Pluto Press, 1973, 1992).

1973: Rowbotham, Sheila. Woman's Consciousness, Man's World (Pelican, 1973; Verso, 2015)

1975, Summer: Kelly-Gadol, Joan. “The Social Relation of the Sexes: Methodological Implications of Women's History." Signs v. 1, n. 4 (Summer 1976): 809-23; reprinted in Kelly, Women, History, and Theory: The Essays of Joan Kelly (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984). (Feminist-Marxist analysis of the changing, historical “social relation of the sexes,” also referred to as “the sexual order” – sexual in the sense of being sexed, as opposed to being erotic.)

1975: Lerner, Gerda. “Placing Women in Women’s History: Definitions and Challenges.” Feminist Studies 3, 1975: 1-14.

1975: Reiter, Rayna R., ed., Toward an Anthropology of Women. NY: Monthly Review Press, 1975.

1975: Rubin, Gayle. "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex." In Rayna R. Reiter, ed., Toward an Anthropology of Women. NY: Monthly Review Press, 1975: 157-210. (See "compulsory heterosexuality," 198).

1975: Ryan, Mary P. Womanhood in America from Colonial Times to the Present (New York: Franklin Watts Inc., 1975).

1975: Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. “The New Woman and the New History.” Feminist Studies, 3, nos. 1-2 (1975): 185-98.

1977: Rowbotham, Sheila. A New World for Women: Stella Browne, Socialist Feminist (Pluto Press, 1977).

1978: Kuhn, Annette and Annmarie Wolpe. Feminism and Materialism. 1978, Reprinted Routledge, 2013 

1978: Kuhn, Annette, Annmarie Wolpe, eds. Feminism and Materialism: Women and Modes of Production. Routledge; January 1, 1978; reprint October 11, 2012. <bought 2016-2-11>

1978: Robinson, Lillian. Sex, Class, and Culture.

1979-1: Barrett, Michele, and Mary McIntosh. “Christine Delphy: Towards A Materialist Feminism.” Feminist Review, January 1979: 95-106.

1979: Cott, Nancy F., and Elizabeth H. Pleck, eds. A Heritage of Their Own: Toward a New Social History of American Women. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1979.

1979: Eisenstein, Zillah., ed. Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism. NY: Monthly Review Press, 1979.

1979: Rowbotham, Sheila, with Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright. Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism. (Merlin Press, 1979, 2012)

1980: Barrett, Michele. Women’s Oppression Today. Problems in Marxist Feminist Analysis. London: Verso, 1980.

1981-8:English, Deirdre, Amber Holibaugh, Gayle Rubin. "Talking Sex: A Conversation on Sexuality and Feminism." Socialist Review 58 (July / Aug. 1981): 43-62.

1981: Sargent, Lydia. Women and Revolution: A Discussion of the Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism. Boston: South End Press, 1981.

1982: Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. “Placing Women’s History in History.” New Left Review, 133, 1982: 5-29.

1983-11: Philipson, Ilene. "The Social Construction of Sexuality" (review of Weeks, Sex, Politics and Society), Socialist Review 13:6, No. 72 (Nov.-Dec. 1983): 133-37.

1983: Duggan, Lisa. “The Social Enforcement of Heterosexuality and Lesbian Resistance in the 1920s," in Swerdlow and Lessinger, eds., Class, Race, and Sex (1983): 76-92.

1983: Hartsock, Nancy C. M. “The Feminist Standpoint: Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism.” In Discovering Reality: Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, edited by Sandra Harding and Merrill B. Hintikka, Volume 161: 283-310 of the series Synthese Library, 1983. In Feminism and Methodology, ed(Online) <Ordered in 1998 Hartsock>

1983: Ross, Ellen, and Rayna Rapp. “Sex and Society: A Research Note from Social History and Anthropology," Comparative Studies in Society and History, v. 23, (1981), 51-72. In Snitow, and others, eds. (1983): 51-73.

1983: Rowbotham, Sheila Dreams and Dilemmas: Collected Writings (Virago Press, 1983)

1983: Vance, Carole S. "Gender Systems, Ideology, and Sex Research." In Snitow, and others, eds. (1983):  371-84. (Major work on social construction theory.)

1984: Kelly, Joan. Women, History, and Theory: The Essays of Joan Kelly Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

1984: Kelly, Joan. Women, History, and Theory. Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 1984.  (See especially: Kelly, Joan. “The Doubled Vision of Feminist Theory”: 51-64.)

1984: Rubin Gayle. “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality." In Vance, ed., Pleasure and Danger, 1984: 267-319.

1984: Vance, Carole S., ed. Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality. Boston: Routledge, 1984. Reprinted London: Pandora Press, 1992, with new introduction. (See "heterosexuality" in index.)

1985: Armstrong, Pat.  Feminist Marxism or Marxist Feminism: A Debate.

1986-12: Scott, Joan W. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” American Historical Review, v. 91, n. 5 (December 1986): 1053-1075. In Coming to Terms: Feminism, Theory, Politics, ed. Elizabeth Weed (New York: Routledge, 1989): 81-100.

1986: Duggan, Lisa. "History's Gay Ghetto: the Contradictions of Growth in Lesbian and Gay History," in Susan Porter Benson et al., eds. Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986: 281-92.

1986: Rowbotham, Sheila Friends of Alice Wheeldon (Pluto Press, 1986).

1986. Soble, Alan. Pornography: Marxism, Feminism, and the Future of Sexuality.

1987-5: Epstein, Steven. "Gay politics, Ethnic identity: The Limits of Social Constructionism", Socialist Review, Numbers 93/94, May-August 1987, 9-54. In Stein, Forms of Desire (1990, 1992), 239-93: Socialist Review, ed. Unfinished Business: Twenty Years of Socialist Review, London, Verso, 1991: 69-91.

1987: Cott, Nancy F. The Grounding of Modern Feminism. New Haven: Yale University . Press, 1987.

1987: De Lauretis, Teresa. "The Female Body and Heterosexual Presumption." Semiotica 67:3/4 (1987): 259-79.

1987: Stansell, Christine. “A Response to Joan Scot.” International Working Class History 31(1987): 24-29.

1988: Diamond, Irene, and Lee Quinby, eds. Feminism and Foucault: Reflections on Resistance. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1988.

1988: Riley, Denise. “Am I That Name?”: Feminism and the Category of “Women” in History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

1988: Scott, Joan W. Gender and the Politics of History. NY: Columbia University Press, 1988.

1988: Spivack, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Subaltern Studies: Deconstructing Historiography.” In Selected Subaltern Studies, ed. by Ranajit, Guha and Gayatri Spivak (NY: Oxford University Press, 1988): 3-32.

1989, Winter: Walkowitz, Judith R., Myra Jehlen, Bill Chevigny. “Ptrolling the Boarders: Feminsit Historiography and the New Historicism.” Radical History Review 43 (Winter 1989): 23-43.

1989: Chevigny, Bell, and others. “Patrolling the Boarders: Feminist Historiography and the New Historicism.” Radical History Review 43, 1989: 3-43.

1989: Gallagher, Catherine. “Marxism and the New Historicism.” In The New Historicism, ed. H. Aram Veeser (NY: Routledge, 1989) : 37-48.

1989: Newton, Judith. “Family Fortunes: ‘New History’ and “New Historicism.’” Radical History Review 43 (1989): 5-22.

1989: Riley, Denise. “Commentary: Feminism and the Consolidation of ‘Women’ in History.” In Coming to Terms: Feminism, Theory, Politics, ed.Elizabeth Weed (New York: Routledge, 1989: 124-39.

1989: Rowbotham, Sheila. The Past is Before Us: Feminism in Action since the 1960s (HarperCollins, 1989).

1989: Vance, Carole. “Social Construction Theory: Problems in the History of Sexuality.” In Altman, Dennis, and others, Homosexuality, Which Homosexuality (1989): 13-34.(Major work on social construction theory.)

1990-2:Duggan, Lisa. "Review Essay. From Instincts to Politics: Writing the History of Sexuality in the U.S." Journal of Sex Research 27:1 (Feb. 1990): 95-109.

1990-Spring: De Lauretis, Teresa. “Eccentric Subjects: Feminist Theory and Historical Consciousness.” Feminist Studies, v. 16, n. 1, Spring 1990: 115-50.

1990: Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. NY: Routledge, 1990. Second ed. NY: Routledge, 1990. “Preface (1999), NY: Routledge, 2006. (See especially Ch. 2: "Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix". In Index see: “heterosexual matrix”; “heterosexuality, exogamic”; “compulsory heterosexuality”.)

1990: Newton, Judith. “Historicisms New and Old: Charles Dickens Meets Marxism, Feminism, and West Coast Foucault.” Feminist Studies, v. 16, n. 3 (1990): 449-70.

1991: Vance, Carole S. "Anthropology Rediscovers Sexuality: A Theoretical Comment." Social Science and Medicine 38:8 (1991): 875-84. (Major work on social construction theory.)

1992: Auchtmuthy, Rosemary, Sheila Jeffreys, and Elaine Miller, Elaine. "Lesbian History and Gay Studies: Keeping a Feminist Perspective," Women's History Review, v.1, n .1 (1992), 89-108.

1992: Barrett, Michelle, and Amm Phillips, eds. Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. Cambridge: Polity, 1992. (See, especially: M. Barrett, “Words and Things”: 201-19.)

1992: Butler, Judith. “Sexual Inversions: Rereading the End of Foucault's History of Sexuality, Vol. I.” In Discourses of Sexuality: From Aristotle to AIDS, edited by Domna C. Stanton. University of Michigan Press, 1992.

1992: Duggan, Lisa. "Making It Perfectly Queer." Socialist Review 22 (1992).

1992: Duggan, Lisa. “The Trials of Alice Mitchell: Sensationalism, Sexology and the Lesbian Subject in Turn-of-the-Century America." Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1992.

1993-5-4: Duggan, Lisa. "Biography = Death: Michel Foucault, Passion's Plaything" Village Voice (May 4, 1993): 90-91. (Review of James Miller, The Passion of Michel Foucault.) 

1993, Summer: Duggan, Lisa. "The Trials of Alice Mitchell: Sensationalism, Sexology, and the Lesbian Subject in Turn-of-the-Century America." Signs 18:4 (Summer 1993), 791-814.

1993: Butler, Judith. “Critically Queer.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 1, 1993: 17-32.

1993: Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex.” NY: Routledge, 1993.

1993: Chodorow, Nancy J. Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1994. (Includes "Heterosexuality as a Compromise Formation: Reflections on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Sexual Development.")

1993: Rowbotham, Sheila, with Swasti Mitter. Dignity and Daily Bread: New Forms of Economic Organization Among Poor Women in the Third World and the First (Routledge, 1993).

1993: Rowbotham, Sheila. Homeworkers Worldwide (Merlin Press, 1993).

1993: Rowbotham, Sheila. Women in Movement: Feminism and Social Action (Routledge, 1993).

1994, Summer-Fall: Butler, Judith. “Introduction: Against Proper Objects.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 6, n. 2-3, Summer-Fall 1994: 1-26.

1994: Duggan, Lisa. "The Discipline Problem: Queer Theory Meets Lesbian and Gay History", GLQ 2, (1995): 179-91.

1994: Duggan, Lisa. “Queering the State.” Social Text 30, Summer 1994: 1-14.

1994: Jackson, Stevi. The Real Facts of Life: Feminism and the Politics of Sexuality c.1850-1940. London: Taylor and Francis, 1994.

1994: McGuire, Patrick and ‎Donald McQuarie. From the Left Bank to the Mainstream: Historical Debates and Contemporary Research in Marxist Sociology. (See: “The Future of Marxist Feminism” Marxist feminism has influenced American sociology in three major ways. First, many of the major feminist sociologists in the United States and Western Europe identify themselves as Marxist feminists or  ...) https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1882289137

1995: Ebert, Teresa. “(Untimely) Critiques for a Red Feminism.” In. Post-Ality, Marxism and Postmodernism, ed. by Mas’ud Zavarzadex, Teresa Ebert amnd Donald Morton, Maisonneurve Press, 1995. Accessed February 9, 2016 from https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/ebert.htm

1995: Jackson, Stevi. “Heterosexuality, Power, and Pleasure.” Feminism and Psychology v. 5, n. 1,1995: 131-35.

1996: Ebert, Teresa L. Ludic Feminism and After: Postmodernism, Desire, and Labor in Late Capitalism. University of Michigan Press, February 1, 1996. (For comment on feminism and mode of production theory see pages 82 on the work of Maria Mies Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, and Claudia Werlhof, 139-42, and on the work of Frederic Jameson in his books Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Duke University Press, 1991) <requested 2016-2-11> and The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (Cornell University Press, 1981) <requested 2016-2-11>

1996: Jackson, Stevi. “Heterosexuality as a Problem for Feminist Theory.” In L. Adkins and V. Merchant, eds. Sexualizing the Social: Power and the Organization of Sexuality. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996: 14-24.

1996: Jackson, Stevi. Christine Delphy. Sage Publications, 1996.

1997-8-14: Hennessy, Rosemary, and Chrys Ingraham, eds. Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women’s Lives. Routledge: August 14, 1997.

1997, Autumn-WinterL Butler, Judith. “Merely Cultural.” Social Text, n. 52/53, “Queer Transexions of Race, Nation, and Gender,” Autumn-Winter, 1997: 265-77. (In this important essay, Butler critiques Marxists who conceptualize the “material” and the “cultural” as existing in separate social spheres, a material, economic “base” and an ideological, cultural “superstructure,” a “political economy” distinct from a culture that includes sexuality, sex, and gender.[267-68]  She argues that the Marxist idea of a “mode of production” needs to include “forms of social association.”[271] She argues for “an expansion of the ‘economic’ sphere itself to include both the reproduction of goods as well as the social reproduction of persons.”[272] She asserts that if  “the mode of production” is the “defining structure of political economy,” then “sexuality must be understood as part of that mode of production.”[273] She praises scholars who “explain how the cultural and the economic . . . became established as separable spheres—indeed, how the institution of the economy as a separate sphere is the consequence of an operation of abstraction initiated by capital itself.”[274].) 

1997: Delphy, Christine. "Protofeminism and antifeminism" in her Close to Home: A Materialist Analysis of Women's Oppression, trans, and ed. Diana Leonard (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984).

1997: Hennessy, Rosemary. Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse. Routledge, 1997-12-8.

1997: Rowbotham, Sheila, with Swasti Mitter. Women Encounter Technology: Changing Patterns of Employment in the Third World, (Routledge, 1997).

1997: Rowbotham, Sheila. A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States. (Viking, 1997)

1998: Hartsock, Nancy C. M. The Feminist Standpoint Revisited, And Other Essays. Booulder, CO: Westview Press/Perseus Books Group, 1998. (Includes: “The Feminist Standpoint:  Developing the Ground for a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism.”

1998: Jackson, Stevi, and Jackie Jones, eds. Contemporary Feminist Theories. Edinburgh University Press, 1998. Requested 2016-2-11

1998: Newton, Judith. “History As Usual?: Feminism and the New Historicism.” Cultural Critique, 9 (1998): 87-121.

1999: Butler, Judith. “Revisiting Bodies and Pleasures.” Theory, Culture and Society, 16, n.2, 1999: 17-18.

1999: Jackson, Stevi. Heterosexuality in Question. Thousand Oaks,  CA: Sage Publications, 1999.

1999: Rowbotham, Sheila. Threads Through Time: Writings on History and Autobiography (Penguin Books, 1999).

2000: Duggan, Lisa. Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence, and American Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000. (On the hetero/homo binary see 25-26; on “Doctors of Desire” see especially 175-79.)

2000: Hennessy, Rosemary. Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism. NY: Routledge, 2000. (See especially “1 Setting the Terms,” and “2 The Material of Sex”: 1-73 for important considerations of Marxist feminist theory.)

2000: Madsen, Deborah L. Feminist Theory and Literary Practice. (Surveys Marxist feminist theorists, focusing upon Emma Goldman's The Traffic in Women (1970), Michele Barrett's Women's Oppression Today (1980) and Lillian Robinson's Sex, Class and Culture (1978). https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0745316018)

2000: Rowbotham, Sheila. Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties (Verso, 2000).

2001: Jackson, Stevi. “Why a Materialist Feminism is Still Possible.” Women’s Studies International Forum, v. 24, n. 3/4, 2001:  283-93.* Accessed 2016-1-19 from http://www.feministes-radicales.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Stevi-Jackson-Why-a-Materialist-Feminism-is-still-possible-Copie.pdf

2001: Rowbotham, Sheila, with Huw Benyon. Looking at Class: Film Television and the Working Class in Britain, (River Oram Press, 2001).

2001: Rowbotham, Sheila. Women Resist Globalization; Mobilizing for Livelihood and Rights, with Stephanie Linkogle (Zed Books, 2001).

2002: Butler, Judith. “Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 13, n. 1 (2002): 14-44.

2002: Duggan, Lisa. “Down There: The Queer South and the Future of History Writing.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 8, n. 3, 2002: 379-87

2002: Duggan, Lisa. “The New Homonormativity: The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism.” In. Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson, eds., Materializing Democracy. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002.

2002: Jackson, Stevi, and Sue Scott, eds. Gender: A Reader. London: Routledge. 2002.

2003-10-30: Harding, Sandra G. The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies.  Routledge; 1 edition (October 30, 2003).

2003: Duggan, Lisa. The Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2003.

2004: Jackson, Stevi, and Sue Scott. “Sexual Antinomies in Late Modernity.” Sexualities, 7 (2) 2004: 241-56.

2005: Jackson, Stevi. “Sexuality, Heterosexuality and Gender Hierarchy: Getting our Priorities Straight’, in Ingraham, C., ed., Thinking Straight: New Work in Critical Heterosexuality Studies. New York: Routledge: 15-39, 2005.

2006-4:Jackson, Stevi. “Interchanges, Gender, Sexuality and Heterosexuality: the Complexity (and Limits) of Heteronormativity.” Feminist Theory, v. 7, n. 1, April 2006: 105-121.

2006: Abbott, Pamela, Melissa Tyler, Claire Wallace. TITLE ? (The third major feminist theoretical tradition we consider here derives from Marxism, and was particularly influential (often in dialogue with radical feminism) in the 1960s and 1970s. As Chris Beasley observes, however, while) https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1134382456

2006: Jackson, Stevi.  “Heterosexuality, Sexuality and Gender: Re-thinking the Intersections’ in Richardson, D., Casey, M. and McLaughlin, J., eds., Intersections between Feminist and Queer Theory. London: Palgrave 2006. pp 38-58

2006: Jackson, Stevi. “Gender, Sexuality and Heterosexuality: The Complexity (and Limits) of Heteronormativity.” Feminist Theory, v. 7, n. 1, 2006: 105-121.

2006: Jackson, Stevi. “Heterosexuality, Sexuality and Gender: Re-thinking the Intersections.” In Richardson, D., Casey, M. and McLaughlin, J., eds., Intersections between Feminist and Queer Theory. London: Palgrave 2006: 38-58

2006: Ryan, Mary. Mysteries of Sex: Tracing Women and Men through American History 1500 to 2000. University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

2007: Jackson, Stevi, and Amanda Rees. “The Appalling Appeal of Nature: The Popular Influence of Evolutionary Psychology as a Sociological Problem,” Sociology, 41 (5) 2007 pp. 917-930. 

2007: Jackson, Stevi, and Sue Scott. “Faking Like a Woman: Towards an interpretive theorization of sexual pleasure.” Body and Society, 13 (2) 2007 pp.95-116.

2007: Jackson, Stevi. “Rethinking the Self: Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity.” In Kimmel M. (ed) The Sexual Self: The Construction of Sexual Scripts. Nashville TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2007: 3-15

2008-2: Jackson, Stevi. “Ordinary Sex.” Sexualities, 11, n. 1-2, February 2008: 33-37.

2008: Jackson, Stevi, Liu Jieyu and Woo Juhyun, eds. East Asian Sexualities: Modernity, Gender and New Sexual Cultures. London : Zed Books 2008.

2008: Jackson, Stevi. “Families, Domesticity and Intimacy: Changing Relationships in Changing Times,” in Richardson, D, and Robinson, V., eds., Introducing Women's Studies, Third edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008 pp. 125-143.

2008: Jackson, Stevi. “Materialist feminism, the pragmatist self and global late modernity: some consequences for intimacy and sexuality.” L. Gunnarsson, ed.  GEXcel Work in Progress Report Vol. III, Örebro University/Linköping University 2008: 53-89.

2008: Rowbotham, Sheila. Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love (Verso, 2008, Verso, 2009).

2010: Jackson, Stevi, and Sue Scott. Theorizing Sexuality. NY: McGraw-Hill, Open University Press, 2010. (See especially “Introduction: the case for the sociality of sexuality”: 1-4; and “Is heterosexuality still compulsory?”: 74-100.

2010: Rowbotham, Sheila. Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century (Verso, 2010).

2011-10-11: Haslanger, Sally. Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique. Oxford University Press, October 11, 2012. (Reviews: Bach, Theodore Bach. Ethics, Vol. 124, No. 3 (April 2014), pp. 612-617; Mari Mikkola, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosphy, undated; accessed February 9, 2016 from http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/HRO/content/resisting-reality-social-construction-and-social-critique; Root, Michael, Analysis (2013) 73 (3): 563-568.)

2011: Rubin, Gayle S. Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011. (See, especially: “Introduction,” 1-32, “1 The Traffic in Women: Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex,” 33-65; “5 Thinking Sex: Notes or a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” 137-81; “6 Afterword to “Thinking Sex Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” 182-189; “7 Postscript to “Thinking Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” 190-193; “8 Blood under the Bride: Reflections on ‘Thinking Sex’,” 194-223; “14 Geologist of Queer Studies: It’s Déjà vu All Over Again,” 347-56; and “social construction of sexuality” in index. Major work on social construction theory.)

2011. Weeks, Kathi. The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork…. https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0822351129

2012-6-1: Foster, John Belamy. “Joan Acker's Feminist Historical-Materialist Theory of Class.” Monthlyreview.org, 2012. Volume 64, Issue 02 (June 1, 2012) (This assessment of Joan Acker's Class Questions: Feminist Answers was written as a tribute). Online

2012: McLaren, Margaret A. Feminism, Foucault, and Embodied Subjectivity.

2013: Newton, Judith L., Mary P. Ryan, Judith R. Walkowitz, eds. Sex and Class in Women’s History: Essays from Feminist Studies. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983; Routledge 2013.

2014. Barrett, Michelle. Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter. Forword by Kathi Weeks in 2014 edition. Reprint of book first published by Verso in 1980.B


Mode of Production Theory

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1857: Marx, Karl. Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy (Rough Draft). Written: 1857–61; Published: in German 1939–41; Published in English: Grundrisse, Penguin Books in association with New Left Review, 1973; Translated by: Martin Nicolaus; Notes by: Ben Fowkes; Accessed on February 12m 2016 from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/

1972: Meillassoux, Claude. “From Reproduction to Production: A Marxist Approach to Economic Anthropology.” Economy and Society,  Volume 1Issue 1, 1972

1974: Anderson, Perry. Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism. NLB, 1974; Verso 1996, Verso 2013.

1975-9: Krader, Lawrence, The Asiatic Mode of Production; Sources, Development and Critique in the Writings of Karl Marx.

1975: Hindess, Barry, & Paul Q. Hirst, Pre-capitalist Modes of Production. London: Routledge, 1975.

1977: Nyong'o, Anyang'. The Articulation of Modes of Production: the Political Economy of Coffee in the Ivory Coast, 1840-1975. University of Chicago Press, 1977.

1977: Sawer, Marion.  Marxism and the Question of the Asiatic Mode of Production. Martinus Nijhoff, 1977. 

1980: Wolpe, Harold, ed. The Articulation of Modes of Production: Essays from Economy and Society. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980.

1981: Crummey, Donald, and Charle Cameron Stewart. Modes of Production in Africa: The Precolonial Era.

1984: Poster, Mark. Foucault, Marxism, and History: Mode of Production Versus Mode of Information. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press; NY: B. Blackwell, 1984.

1985: Bordwell, David; Kristin Thompson, Janet Staiger. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960. NY: Columbia University Press, 1985.

1986: Feltes, N. N. Modes of Production of Victorian Novels. University of Chicago Press, 1986.  

1986: Richards, Alan. Development and Modes of Production in Marxian Economics: A Critical Evaluation. London: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1986. 

1989: Russell, James W. Modes of Production in World History. London: Routledge, 1989.

1989: Wilk, Richard R. The Hoousehold Economy: Reconsidering the Domestic Mode of Production. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989.

1993: Haldon, John F. The State and the Tributary Mode of Production

1998: Friedman, Jonathan. System, Structure and Contradiction: The Evolution of “Asiatic” Social Formations. Waltnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1998.

2000: Alexakos, Olga. Conceptualizing Gender in a Mode of Production Analysis. Ph.D. Thesis, New School for Social Research, 2000.

2006: Blackledge, Paul. Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History (2006).

2008: Kivisto, Peter. “Mode of Production.” Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2008. Accessed February 12, 2016 from http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Mode_of_Production.aspx

2011-11: Banaji, Jairus. Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation. Haymarket Books, November 2011.<HV>

2011-9-9: Weeks, Kathi. The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries. Duke University Press Books (September 9, 2011)

2014: Kōjin, Karatani.  The Structure of World History: From Modes of Producation to Modes of Exchange. Michael K. Bourdaghs translator. Duke University Press, 2014.

2015: de Graca, Laura, Andrea Zingarelli, eds. Studies on Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production. Leiden, The Netherlands, Boston: Brill, 2015.

2016, April 3: Cain, P. J., A. G. Hopkins. British Imperialism: 1688-2015 3rd Edition. Routledge, April 3, 2016. 

SEE ALSO: Althusser,  Louis; Anderson, Perry; Banaji, Jairus; Gramsci, Antonio; Lukacs, Georg; Marx, Karl.

SEE ALSO: Ancient Mode of Production; Asian Mode of Production; Capitalist Mode of Production; Colonial Mode of Production; Communal Mode of Production; Communist Mode of Production; Cultural Mode of Production; Domestic Mode of Production, Family Mode of Production; Feudal Mode of Production; Household Mode of Production: Ideological Mode of Production; Peasant Mode of Production; Pre-Capitalist Mode of Production; Primitive Mode of Production; Socialist Mode of Production; Tributary Mode of Production


Production for Use Theory.


Social Construction of Gender Theory


Social Construction of Race Theory

Allen, Theodore. The Invention of the White Race. London Verso, 1994. 

Appiah, Anthony. “The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race." Critical Inquiry, v. 12, n. 1, Autumn, 1985: 21-37; Gates, ed.: 21-37.

Bach, Rebecca Ann. “Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Othello and Desdemona: Race and Emerging Heterosexuality.” In Rebecca Ann Bach and Gwynne Kennedy, eds. Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rackin. Susquehanna University Press, August 1, 2010: PP?. (Critical heterosexual history.)

Berger, Peter L. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. NY: Anchor Books, 1963. (Important, early book in the history of social construction theory. It explicitly discusses the “social construction” of roles (160), says that “sexual roles are constructed,” (158), and refers to the “social organization” of homosexuality (156, 159). It discusses the “normal, (158), “race,” “identity,” Parson’s theory of action, and Marx, K.)

Butler, Judith. “Merely Cultural.” Social Text, n. 52/53, “Queer Transexions of Race, Nation, and Gender,” Autumn-Winter, 1997: 265-77. (In this important essay, Butler critiques Marxists who conceptualize the “material” and the “cultural” as existing in separate social spheres, a material, economic “base” and an ideological, cultural “superstructure,” a “political economy” distinct from a culture that includes sexuality, sex, and gender.[267-68]  She argues that the Marxist idea of a “mode of production” needs to include “forms of social association.”[271] She argues for “an expansion of the ‘economic’ sphere itself to include both the reproduction of goods as well as the social reproduction of persons.”[272[ She asserts that if  “the mode of production” is the “defining structure of political economy,” then “sexuality must be understood as part of that mode of production.”[273] She praises scholars who “explain how the cultural and the economic . . . became established as separable spheres—indeed, how the institution of the economy as a separate sphere is the consequence of an operation of abstraction initiated by capital itself.”[274].) 

Carter, Julian B. The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880-1940. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. (See especially  “Introduction: The Search for Norma”: 1-41, “Epilogue: Regarding Racial/Erotic Politics”: 153-60; and  “heterosexual” and “heterosexuality” in index. Critical heterosexual history.)

DuCille, Ann. The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction. Oxford University Press, November 25, 1993. 

DuCille, Ann. Skin Trade. Harvard University Press, October 1, 1996. Publisher's Description: How does the notion of colorblind equality fit with the social and economic realities of black Americans? Challenging the increasingly popular argument that blacks should settle down, stop whining, and get jobs, Skin Trade insists that racism remains America's premier national story and its grossest national product. From Aunt Jemima Pancakes to ethnic Barbie dolls, corporate America peddles racial and gender stereotypes, packaging and selling them to us as breakfast food or toys for our kids.  NEW PARAGRAPH. Moving from the realm of child's play through the academy and the justice system, Ann duCille draws on icons of popular culture to demonstrate that it isn't just race and gender that matter in America but race and gender as reducible to skin color, body structure, and other visible signs of difference. She reveals that Mattel, Inc., uses stereotypes of gender, race, and cultural difference to mark--and market--its Barbie dolls as female, white, black, Asian, and Hispanic. The popularity of these dolls suggests the degree to which we have internalized dominant definitions of self and other. NEW PARAGRAPH. In a similar move, Skin Trade interrogates the popular discourse surrounding the trial of O. J. Simpson, arguing that much of the mainstream coverage of the case was a racially coded message equally dependent on stereotypes. Focusing on Newsweek and Time in particular, duCille shows how the former All-American was depicted as un-American. She explores other collusions and collisions among race, gender, and capital as well. Especially concerned with superficial distinctions perpetuated within the academic community, the author argues that the academy indulges in its own skin trade in which both race and gender are hot properties. NEW PARAGRAPH By turns biting, humorous, and hopeful, Skin Trade is always riveting, full of strange connections and unexpected insights.

Fraser, Nancy. “Heterosexism, Misrecognition, and Capitalism: A Response to Judith Butler.” Social Text, No. 52-53. Queer Transexions of Race, Nation, and Gender, Autumn-Winter, 1998: 279-89. (Replies to Butler’s “Merely Cultural” same issue.)

Fields, Barbara Jeanne. "Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America." New Left Review No. 181 (May/June 1990): 95-118.

Fout, John C., and Maura Shaw Tantillo, eds. American Sexual Politics: Sex, Gender, and Race Since the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Frankenberg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.*

Freedman, Estelle. “The Prison Lesbian: Race, Class, and the Construction of the Aggressive Female Homosexual.” Feminist Studies 22, 2, Summer 1996: 307-421.

Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. NY: Bantam Books, 1985.

Gilman, Sander L. Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race, and Madness. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985.

Gossett, Thomas F. Race: The History of an Idea in America. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963.

Haney-Lopez, Ian. White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race. NY: New York University Press, 1996.*

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. "African-American Women's History and the Metalanguage of Race." Signs 17:2 (Winter 1992): 251-74.

Hollibaugh, Amber. “Sex to Gender, Past to Present, Race to Class, Now to Future”. GLQ, v.10, n.2, 2004: 261-65.

Kline, Wendy. Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Lott, Tommy L. "Du Bois on the Invention of Race." The Philosophical Forum 24:1/3 (Fall/Spring 1992-1993): 166-87.*

Meyerowitz, Joanne. “’How Common Culture Shapes the Separate Lives’: Sexuality, Race, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Social Constructionist Thought.” The Journal of American History, v. 96, n. 4, March 2010: 1057-84.*

Nyong’o, Tavia. The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Ordover, Nancy. American Eugenics:  Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism. Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 2003. (In index see, especially, “Heterosexual-as-norm/homosexual-as-disease paradigm”: 111-112; and “ Heterosexuality”: 70, 115, 213, 207.)

Pascoe, Peggy. “Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of ‘Race.’” Journal of American History 81, 1, 1996: 44-69.

Roediger, David. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. NY Verso, 1991.

Roediger, David. Toward the Abolition of Whiteness: Essays on Race, Politics, and Working Class History. NY: Verso, 1994.

Smith, Barbara. “Towards a Black Feminist Criticism." Conditions 1:2 (Oct. 1977); reprinted in Judith Newton and Deborah Rosenfelt, eds., Feminist Criticism and Social Change: Sex, Class and Race in Literature and Culture. NY: Methuen, 1985: 3-18.

Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line: Race and The Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.**

Stoler, Ann Laura. Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s “History of Sexuality” and the Colonial Order of Things. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995.

Swerdlow, Amy, and Hanna Lessinger, eds. Class, Race, and Sex: The Dynamics of Control. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1983.


Social Construction of Sexuality Theory

2016-3-9: Jennings, Rebecca. Review of Susan Lanser, The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Accessed March 9, 2016 from H-Net.org, H-HistSex at https://networks.h-net.org/node/6056/reviews/115057/jennings-lanser-sexuality-history-modernity-and-sapphic-1565-1830  

Jennings calls this 

a magisterial study of representations of sapphism across European society from the mid-sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. From this broad-ranging perspective she argues that the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries witnessed an intensified cultural interest in the sapphic . . .  . Reflecting on this dissonance, Lanser suggests that concerns with sapphic desire in this period should be understood within the broader historical context of widespread social change. “Rather as gay marriage has become in recent years a charged site for concerns vaster than gays or marriage,” she claims, “intimacies between women became entangled with contexts about authority and liberty, power and difference, desire and duty, mobility and change, order and governance” (p. 2).

But Jennings ends by saying that Lanser's "detailed focus on multiple texts, taken up at times without a plot summary and frequently without contextualizing information about the author or cultural context from which the text emerged, can at times be bewildering." Jennings adds: "the absence of detailed discussion of the larger historical context, that leaves the reader feeling curiously ungrounded, and unable to interpret the historical significance of the material being presented."  A final paragraph says:

In her Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War, Laura Doan draws attention to the disciplinary gulf that divides practitioners of the history of sexuality, from the centrality of empirical research in the practice of “professional history” to the rather different theoretical investments of queer and literary critics. Susan Lanser’s The Sexuality of History perfectly exemplifies this conundrum. A meticulous and impressive work of historical literary criticism, The Sexuality of History will undoubtedly provide queer theorists and historians with much to reflect on, but may leave the “professional historian” with more questions than answers.


Social-Historical Construction Theory