Reinventing the Male Homosexual: The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene

Date: Thu Jan 23 2003 - 22:31:20 EST

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    Since it came up, I thought I would post this book review from the evopsych
    list on yahoo
    Reinventing the Male Homosexual: The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene
    by Robert Alan Brookey
    Hardcover: 184 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 8.88 x 5.26
    Publisher: Indiana University Press; ; (March 1, 2002) ISBN: 0253340578
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    Reinventing the Male Homosexual: The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene
    examines the assumption that embracing the biological research on
    is a viable political strategy for the gay rights movement. The biological
    argument for gay rights is treated as a "bio-rhetoric", a means of
    incorporating scientific research into public debates. The book investigates
    the biological research on which this gay rights argument is based, and
    explores how male homosexuality is conceptualized in the fields of behavioral
    genetics, neuroendocrinology, sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology.

    Robert Alan Brookey demonstrates that most biological research begins with the
    assumption that male homosexuality is a state of physical effeminate
    Although biological research may seem to support a pro-gay rights agenda, the
    same research can actually be used to support conservative political

    Robert Alan Brookey is an Assistant Professor in the Hugh Downs School of
    Communication in the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University.
    His research examines how social norms regarding sexuality and gender are
    produced in scientific discourse and popular culture. His work has appeared in
    Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Studies, and the
    International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies.

    Table of Contents
    Table of Contents
    1. Rights, Choice, and the Appeal of Biology
    2. The sociopsychological theories of male homosexuality
    3. Behavioral Genetics
    4. Neuroendocrinology
    5. Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology
    6. Beyond the „Gay Geneš


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