"How do you know you don't like it if you haven't tried it?": asexual agency and the sexual assumption

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In this chapter I critically engage with existing work on asexuality and develop an account of the ethical, theoretical and methodological issues inherent in asexuality research. I utilise the work of the social theorist Margaret Archer to explicitly articulate a theoretical model within which the experience of asexual individuals can be understood. I draw upon the findings of recently conducted fieldwork into the lives and experiences of individuals within the asexual community, focusing on three domains of experience in particular: friends, families and relationships. Through the practical application of the theoretical and methodological approach expounded upon earlier, I analyse the experiences reported by participants in terms of the situations they face and how they negotiate them through reflexive deliberation. In doing so, I attempt to illuminate some of the wider issues raised by investigating asexual experience in this way. © 2012 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexual Minority Research in the New Millennium
EditorsTodd G. Morrison, Melanie A. Morrison, Mark A. Carrigan, Daragh T. McDermott
Place of PublicationHauppauge, USA
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781620817797
ISBN (Print)9781612099392
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2012


  • agency
  • asexuality
  • reflexivity
  • sexual identity
  • sexuality assumption


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