Langdridge, Darren (2013). Sadism/masochism. In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of critical psychology. New York: Springer, pp. 1687–1690.



There has been a paucity of literature on sadism and masochism from a critical perspective until relatively recently. These sexual practices/identities continue to be misunderstood and the subject of considerable vilification with a history that is replete with medical, psychological, and legal opprobrium, alongside considerable confusion concerning their definition, role in sexual life, and aetiology. However, thankfully in recent years there has been a critical challenge to extant psychological and psychiatric understandings and the growth of a new and exciting critical stance, which seeks to understand rather than pathologize this intriguing example of human sexual behavior (Kleinplatz & Moser, 2006; Langdridge & Barker, 2013; Moser & Madeson, 1998; Taylor, 1997).

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