Shilling, Chris and Mellor, P.A. (2010) Sociology and the problem of eroticism. Sociology: the journal of the British Sociological Association, 44 (3). pp. 435-452. ISSN 0038-0385.
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Sociology has traditionally been concerned with problems of social order and meaning, and with how modern societies confronted these challenges when religion was in apparent decline, yet classical sociologists struggled to reconcile within their analyses the (dis)ordering and meaningful potentialities of eroticism. This article examines how eroticism has been viewed as a source of life-affirming meanings and as personally and socially destructive. Utilizing the contrasting theories of Weber and Bataille, we explore sociology's ambivalence towards eroticism, and criticize contemporary sociological approaches to the subject, before turning to the writings of Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva for alternative models of the religiously informed eroticization of daily life. The perspectives these French theorists bring to the subject, and the issues that remain unresolved in their work, identify new lines of inquiry and re-emphasize the importance of building a sociology of eroticism that can address adequately its relationship to questions of order and meaning.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||classical sociology; embodiment; eroticism; French feminism; religion|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research|
|Depositing User:||Chris Shilling|
|Date Deposited:||01 Sep 2010 07:59|
|Last Modified:||22 Nov 2011 16:03|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25430 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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