At present, there appears that there is an increasing saturation of the sexual within everyday culture. At the same time, access to such sexualization appears to be widening with a range of social groups now able to access diverse sexual and erotic practices. Although there appears to be some agreement that the sexualisation of culture is taking place, there is much debate about whether this involves the development of new genders and sexual identities, or whether it is a re-inscription of existing structures of sexual and gender inequality. Of particular importance is to understand how contemporary masculinities and femininities might be re-shaped and reconfigured.
More specifically, is the emergence of new ways of being sexual having an impact on how people are making themselves. Areas such as ’swinger clubs’, BDSM, pornography, hooking-up, mobile dating, sex tourism, sex addiction, dogging, online sex-seeking, sexual risk-taking, sex education will be considered. The emergence of apparently newer genders and sexualities such as asexuality, pansexuality, non-binary genders or transgender identities are also providing an important aspect to the interplay between men and sex. This research project would normally use qualitative research or post-human research methods but would welcome students who may wish to use other research approaches.
Candidates would be expected to enrol on the University's PhD programmes and have the opportunity to obtain a PG Award. Candidates would also have the opportunity to enrol on the University's teaching programme.
A supervisory team will be assigned to support the student throughout the duration of the PhD.