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Between Globalisation and National Culture: the transformations of sexology into sexual medicine in Europe and Latin America

Between Globalisation and National Culture: the transformations of sexology into sexual medicine in Europe and Latin America

Sexology is a field of knowledge, science and professional practice that has been developed since the beginning of the XXth century in various regions such as Europe, USA and Latin America. Beyond this global development, national and cultural versions of sexology have been developed in each of these countries. The presentation will include a comparative approach between six Latin American countries and seven European countries.

Social-historical analysis of professional and scientific publications, contextualization in the larger cultural and political context, ethnographic studies including participation in congresses and conferences, interviews with key informants and field professionals, were carried in the six Latin American countries. On the other side, a multi-centric survey was carried in seven European countries. The results offer a comprehensive overview of the field, where sexology, sexual health, sexual rights and sexual medicine appear in complex interaction, showing different configuration in each country and above that in each region. The political context, the social organization of medicine, psychology and other health disciplines, the development of psychoanalysis, the importance of religion influence the national construction of sexology nationally and give to each country a specific profile.

 

Speakers: Alain J Giami
Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011