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

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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).

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 Springer Science+Business Media
ISBN: 1-4614-5582-0, 978-1-4614-5582-0
Keywords: sadomasochism; SM; BDSM; sexual subculture; transgressive sex
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 44128
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 10:19
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