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Finding Out

Finding Out
An Introduction to LGBT Studies

Second Edition

April 2013 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
By combining accessible introductory and explanatory material with primary texts and artifacts, this text/reader explores the development and growth of LGBT identities and the interdisciplinary nature of sexuality studies.

Authors Meem, Gibson, and Alexander clearly situate debates and readings within clear contexts (History, Literature and the Arts, Media and Politics), providing students with a coherent framework and comprehensive introduction to LGBT studies. While this emerging field is complex, multifaceted, and interdisciplinary (and therefore often inaccessible to students), Finding Out - through its instructional apparatus, primary texts, and organization - provides the ideal introduction for today's students.

1. Before Identity: The Ancient World through the Nineteenth Century
2. Sexology: Constructing the Modern Homosexual
3. Toward Liberation
4. Stonewall and Beyond
5. Nature, Nurture, and Identity
6. Inclusion and Equality
7. Queer Diversities
8. Intersectionalities
9. Homo-sexed Art and Literature
10. Lesbian Pulp Novels and Gay Physique Pictorials
11. Queer Transgressions
12. Censorship and Moral Panic
13. Film and Television
14. Queers and the Internet
15. The Politics of Location: Alternative Media and the Search for Queer Space

“I am most impressed by this book’s blend of comprehensive scope with approachable, intelligent presentation. It provides material valuable for both students new to the field and those taking more advanced courses without excluding either group on the basis of approach or diction . . . I just love this book!”

Sarah-Hope Parmeter
University of California, Santa Cruz

“This text will give me a way to teach LGBT issues as central—that is, NOT as tangents, add-ons, or side issues, but as a central area of inquiry . . . This text is by far the best thing I have seen, and it is head and shoulders above any other possibilities.”

Mary Armstrong
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Good reference for students of development who struggle to work in a multi-cultural, global context where LGBT rights are quickly becoming the norm.

Dr Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons
School of Social Sciences, Northampton University
June 29, 2015

The comprehensive book of its type out there!

Professor Lisa Hager
Women'S Studies Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Waukesha
May 10, 2015

The first edition was excellent and this second edition is much improved and updated.

Mr Lance Felps
Sociology Crim Justice Dept, Southeastern Louisiana Univ
March 19, 2015

An excellent interdisciplinary introduction to LGBT studies.

Ms Marlaine Browning
First-Year Programs, Denison University
February 11, 2015

A very readable, wide-ranging introduction to LGBT studies. It covers developments through history and across cultures. It presents engaging discussions on topics from the nature-nurture debate to 'queers and the Internet', and is recommended to readers who want to get a sense of contemporary debates in this area of knowledge.

Dr Dario Pellegrini
Child and Family, Tavistock Centre
July 7, 2013

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ISBN: 9781452235288