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The Continuum complete international encyclopedia of sexuality, updated, with more countries
Francoeur, Robert T.
Publication Information:
New York : Continuum, [2004]

Physical Description:
xvi, 1419 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
A completely updated one-volume edition of the 4-volume International encyclopedia of sexuality (published 1997-2001), covering nearly 60 countries and places, 10 not previously included.
Added Uniform Title:
International encyclopedia of sexuality.
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--A completely updated one-volume edition of the 4-volume International Encyclopedia of Sexuality--Includes nearly 60 countries and places--12 not previously covered--by more than 200 authorities--It is the only reference work of its kind in any language Now in a thoroughly updated one-volume edition, The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality is the foremost reference work on sexual behavior throughout the world at the beginning of a new millennium. Written by more than 200 leading sexologists in their respective countries and cultures, each lengthy entry explores such areas as heterosexual relationships, children, adolescents, adults, gender-conflicted persons, unconventional sexual patterns, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, sexual dysfunctions, and therapies. It also includes sexual issues for older persons and physically and mentally challenged individuals.Places to be included for the first time are: Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Tanzania.

Author Notes

Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Professor Emeritus of Human Sexuality and Embryology, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author or editor of many books, including a study of Pierre Teihard de Chardin, The Scent of Eros, and (as co-editor), The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.
Dr. Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., specializes in the areas of sex in outer space, the use of surrogates in sex therapy, sex and the future of the Internet, and the issue of sex negativity in U.S. culture. He produces the Web site and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Francoeur (The Complete Dictionary of Sexology) and Noonan (coeditor, Does Anyone Still Remember When Sex Was Fun?) had libraries' limited shelf space and budgets in mind when they consolidated the four previous volumes of this encyclopedia (released sequentially) into one treasure-trove. Covered here are the sexual attitudes and behavior of more than 60 countries (15 new to this edition, with the rest of the entries updated), including most large and influential nations like the United States, China, Russia, South Africa, India, Japan, and Mexico. Despite the addition of countries like Botswana, Ghana, and Nepal, one is still left with the impression of arbitrary selection and a weightedness toward Europe. Each entry more or less addresses 14 topics-including interpersonal behaviors (homosexual and heterosexual) throughout the life span, gender diversity and transgender issues, unconventional sexual behavior, diseases, and dysfunctions-before concluding with a bibliography. Readers will also find discussion of more exotic topics (e.g., sexuality in space) and current issues (e.g., the rise of civil unions in contrast to declining traditional marriage and birth rates). The articles are written straightforwardly and from a multidisciplinary perspective by a panel of 270 trained natives or area experts. In a final section, the editors draw generalizations about trends in human sexuality. This unique compilation of specialized knowledge is recommended for research collections i0n the social sciences, where it could be useful for reference as well as a secondary source for cross-cultural research. Given the updating and compactness, it could be useful even where the previous volumes are available.-Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

All 49 countries in the original International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, ed. by Francoeur (4v., CH, Mar'98, Nov'01) are represented by updated essays in this new edition, with 15 additional countries and places. Experts native to the specific land or culture, or acquainted through extensive time and study, wrote the essays, which are organized according to a standard outline of 13 possible headings ("Basic Sexological Premises" to "Important Ethnic, Racial, and/or Religious Minorities"), and are preceded by a table of contents corresponding to the outline and brief discussions of demographics and historical perspective; essays conclude with lists of references and additional readings. The essays range in length from a few pages (Botswana; Czech Republic) to many (UK, US). General essays that examine recent developments and global trends are followed by a directory of sexological organizations, associations, and institutions. The index allows relatively smooth comparison of specific issues among countries. A dry recitation of virtues would undervalue this incomparable volume's wealth of useful and fascinating information. Its creators commendably consider space and expense, while preserving the high quality of the multivolume edition. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic and public libraries. M. C. Duhig Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh