Rehabilitating interactionism for a feminist sociology of sexuality

Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott

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In this article we seek to rehabilitate the radical insights of the pragmatist/interactionist tradition and to establish its continued relevance to a distinctively sociological and feminist analysis of sexuality. We argue for the importance of the contribution of Gagnon and Simon in arguing for a fully social understanding of sexuality. We offer an account of the process whereby interactionism has been rendered all but invisible and make a case for recovering its insights. We argue that interactionism accounts for the processes through which sexuality is constituted culturally, inter-personally and intrapsychically and addresses the actualities of everyday social practices and is therefore ideally suited to grappling with the complexities of contemporary sexual life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-826
Number of pages16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • interactionism
  • sociology
  • gender
  • sexual scripts
  • feminism
  • sexuality


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