This book provides the only feminist overview of the development of both the mainstream and the feminist variant of the survey as a means of investigating sexual attitude and behaviour. Sex Surveyed focuses on the sex survey for a number of reasons: first, surveys have been extremely important in influencing popular opinion about sexual norms and conventions; second, this approach is crucial to ideas about science, generalisability and validity; third, developments in the form and status of the survey from the 1930s through the post-war period are complexly interwoven with the sex survey and are under-researched particularly from a feminist viewpoint.
Section One examines the creation of Mass-Observation and the epistemological and methodological stance which led to the world's first national random sample survey of sex, as well as the major British sex surveys carried out from Mass-Observation's 1949 'Little Kinsey' through to the 1994 Wellcome 'National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles'. Section Two contains the full 'Little Kinsey' report, which many contemporary researchers allude to but which has not been published before now. Section Three discusses the structure and argument of 'Little Kinsey' and compares its approach with that of the feminist sex surveys carried out by Shere Hite through a detailed discussion of the Hite Reports.
Illuminating reading for the general reader, essential reading for students on Sexuality, Methodology, Women's Studies and British Modern Social History courses, and a key text for all Sociologists.
Section One: Mass-Observation, "Little Kinsey" & the Sex Survey Tradition: Introduction: "Little Kinsey" - Some Feminist Issues and Interests in Britain, by Mass-Observation; From Observing to Surveying, From Seatown to "Little Kinsey"; Mass-Observation's Sex Research 1937-1949; From "Patterns of Marriage" to "Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles": The Sex Survey in Context; Theorising While Appearing Not To? - Ideas and the British Sex Survey. Section Two: "Little Kinsey": Mass-Observation's Sex Survey of 1949: Part A, The survey: Sex Surveyed; Part B, The Mechanics of Sex: The Facts of Life; Sex Education; Birth Control; Part C, Institutions of Sex: Marriage; Divorce; Part D, Outside Marriage: Extra-Marital Relations; Prostitution; Part E, Sex and Life: The Psychology of Sex; Sexual Morality; Opinion Forming. Section Three: The Feminist Surveys Back: Surveying the Survey; Surveying Sex the Mass-Observation Way; Shere Hite & the Feminist Sex Survey; Sex Changes? - Sex Surveys and Social Change.
Series: Gender and Society: Feminist Perspectives on the Past and Present
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 1995
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.1
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1