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.
′[An] important book.′ The Guardian
′Jeffrey Weeks′ Invented Moralities is a response to the heated debate about sexual morality which has emerged over the past 20 years as the destabilisation of the ′heterosexual tradition′ has become increasingly apparent.′ Living Marxism
′Lively and wide–ranging, Weeks′ book combines humour with scholarship, personal experience with observation to make a serious contribution to debates about fundamental issues such as love, sex and the importance of relationships. Weeks′ advocacy of humanistic pluralism, as he identifies it, is provocative, thoughtful and very persuasive.′ Morning Star
′A well–argued message of hope and encouragement ... this book is an important contribution to the discourse of post–modernity as well as sexual (particularly gay and lesbian) identities and moralities. It ought to be widely read and discussed.′ Sociology