Journal article

The sexuality-assemblage: desire, affect, anti-humanism

Nick J Fox, Pam Alldred

SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Two theoretical moves are required to resist the 'humanist enticements' associated with sexuality. Post-structuralism supplies the first, showing how the social produces culturally specific sexual knowledgeabilities. A second anti-humanist move is then needed to overturn anthropocentric privileging of the human body and subject as the locus of sexuality. In this paper we establish a language and landscape for a Deleuze-inspired anti-humanist sociology of sexuality that shifts the location of sexuality away from bodies and individuals. Sexuality in this view is an impersonal affective flow within assemblages of bodies, things, ideas and social institutions, which produces sexual (and other) c..

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