In Invented Moralities, clashes over sexual values are explored in powerfully argued chapters on contemporary sexual dilemmas including AIDS, the politics of diversity, the rights of everyday life and the challenge of love and death. The book is highly relevant to contemporary controversies over ethics, personal responsibility and the organization of private life. The author takes a different stance from most writing on these themes, exploring the experience of contemporary social movements, dissident sexual minorities, and those attempting to elaborate more fluid and flexible ways of living and loving together.
The book is an important contribution to the elaboration of what Jeffrey Weeks calls a radical humanism, a humanism which values individual freedom and celebrates the rich diversity of human goals whilst affirming the importance of human solidarity. It will be essential reading for students and lay readers interested in the areas of the sociology of sexuality, personal relationships and family life.
Introduction: Values, Whose Values?.
1. Living with Uncertainty.
2. Inventing Moralities.
3. Necessary Fictions: Sexual Identities and the Politics of Diversity.
4. The Sphere of the Intimate, and the Values of Everyday Life.
5. Caught Between Worlds and Ways of Being.