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Is bisexuality invisible? A review of sexualities scholarship 1970–2015

Monro, Surya, Hines, Sally and Osborne, Antony (2017) Is bisexuality invisible? A review of sexualities scholarship 1970–2015. The Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261

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Abstract

This article provides a review of sexualities scholarship within the social sciences between 1970 and 2015. It takes an innovative approach by focusing on the way in which bisexuality is addressed in this body of literature. The article reveals the marginalisation, under-representation and invisibility of bisexuality within and across the social sciences in relation to both bisexual experience and identity. Reasons for this varied across the different eras, including the heterosexist nature of the literature, the impact of gay and lesbian-focused identity politics, and queer deconstructionism. In addition, patterns of bisexual erasure and invisibility were uneven, with some scholarship taking inclusive approaches or criticising prejudice against bisexuality. The initial findings of the review were enriched by critical commentary from key relevant sociologists and political scientists. The article concludes that future sexualities scholarship could be enhanced by greater consideration of bisexuality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: Computing and Library Services
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 14:41
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/31513

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