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What’s sex got to do with it? A family-based investigation of growing up heterosexual during the twentieth century

Meah, A., Hockey, J. and Robinson, V. (2008) What’s sex got to do with it? A family-based investigation of growing up heterosexual during the twentieth century. Sociological Review, 56 (3). pp. 454-473. ISSN 0038-0261


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This paper explores findings from a cross-generational study of the making of heterosexual relationships in East Yorkshire, which has interviewed women and men within extended families. Using a feminist perspective, it examines the relationship between heterosexuality and adulthood, focussing on sexual attraction, courtship, first kisses, first love and first sex, as mediated within family relationships, and at different historical moments. In this way, the contemporary experiences of young people growing up are compared and contrasted with those of mid-lifers and older adults who formed heterosexual relationships within the context of the changing social and sexual mores of the 1960s/1970s, and the upheavals of World War Two.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Blackwell Publishing. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Sociological Review. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
Keywords: generation, adulthood, gender, sexuality, family, heterosexuality
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Sociological Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Suzannah Rockett
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008 13:41
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00799.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00799.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4616

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