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Biological exuberance

animal homosexuality and natural diversity

1st ed.
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This edition published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.

Written in English

751 pages

The discussion of homosexuality and inter-gendered sexual activity covers mostly mammals and birds. A large number of zoological studies are cited to argue that such activity is very common, as revealed in controversially operationalised data. The danger of annthropomorphism is ever present with the use of terms such as 'pleasure', 'courtsthip'. Sexually diverse behaviour in anaimals and humans is seen as driven by biological exuberance, an excess of sexual energy and, when combined with cultural elements, of ingenuity in discharging it. The case is well made that sexual behaviour has been neglected in animal studies, where old binaries and prejudices have prevailed, and that sexual diversity might have played a key role in the development of social and linguistic capacities.

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Biological exuberance: animal homosexuality and natural diversity
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Biological exuberance

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The discussion of homosexuality and inter-gendered sexual activity covers mostly mammals and birds. A large number of zoological studies are cited to argue that such activity is very common, as revealed in controversially operationalised data. The danger of annthropomorphism is ever present with the use of terms such as 'pleasure', 'courtsthip'. Sexually diverse behaviour in anaimals and humans is seen as driven by biological exuberance, an excess of sexual energy and, when combined with cultural elements, of ingenuity in discharging it. The case is well made that sexual behaviour has been neglected in animal studies, where old binaries and prejudices have prevailed, and that sexual diversity might have played a key role in the development of social and linguistic capacities.

Biological exuberance

animal homosexuality and natural diversity

1st ed.

This edition published in by St. Martin's Press in New York.


Table of Contents

Pt. I. A Polysexual, Polygendered World. 1. The Birds and the Bees. 2. Humanistic Animals, Animalistic Humans. 3. Two Hundred Years of Looking at Homosexual Wildlife. 4. Explaining (Away) Animal Homosexuality. 5. Not for Breeding Only: Reproduction on the Periphery of Life. 6. A New Paradigm: Biological Exuberance
Pt. II. A Wondrous Bestiary: Portraits of Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgendered Wildlife. Primates. Marine Mammals. Hoofed Mammals. Other Mammals. Waterfowl and Other Aquatic Birds. Shore Birds. Perching Birds and Songbirds. Other Birds
App. Other Species.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 671-732) and indexes.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
591.56/2
Library of Congress
QL761 .B24 1999

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiii, 751 p. :
Number of pages
751

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24769932M
Internet Archive
biologicalexuber00bage
ISBN 10
0312192398, 031225377X
ISBN 13
9780312192396, 9780312253776
LC Control Number
98028528
OCLC/WorldCat
39281997

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