Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives
Routledge – 2009 – 624 pages
Human Sexuality: Biological, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives is a unique textbook that provides a complete analysis of this crucial aspect of life around the world. Utilizing viewpoints across cultural and national boundaries, and deftly weaving evolutionary and psychological perspectives, Bolin and Whelehan go beyond the traditional evolution and primatology to address cross-cultural and contemporary issues, as well as anthropological contributions and psycho-social perspectives.
Taking into account the evolution of human anatomy, sexual behavior, attitudes, and beliefs, this far-reaching text goes beyond what is found in traditional books to present a wide diversity of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors found globally. In addition to providing a rich array of photographs, illustrations, tables, and a glossary of terms, this extraordinary textbook explores:
Fusing biological, socio-psychological, and cultural influences to offer new perspectives on understanding human sexuality, its development over millions of years of evolution, and how sexuality is embedded in specific socio-cultural contexts, this is the text for educators and students who wish to understand human sexuality in all of its richness and complexity.
Anne Bolin is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Elon University and is the recipient of the Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award. She is the co-author of Perspectives on Human Sexuality (1999) with Patricia Whelehan. She is also co-author of Athletic Intruders: Women, Culture and Exercise (2003) with Jane Granskog. She is a Diplomate with the American Board of Sexology, a certified sex researcher, Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, former co-chair/co-founder and currently Steering Committee member of the Human Sexuality and Anthropology Interest Group.
Patricia Whelehan is Professor of Anthropology and AIDS Education Coordinator at SUNY-Potsdam. She is the co-author of Perspectives on Human Sexuality (1999) with Anne Bolin and author of An Anthropological Perspective on Prostitution: The World’s Oldest Profession (2001). In 2007, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Service. In 1999 and 2008, she received the Phi Eta Sigma award for Outstanding Teacher of the year, and in 2008 she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society that recognizes scholarly distinction. Her textbook, The Anthropology of AIDS: A Global Perspective is forthcoming in 2009.