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Object MattersCondoms, Adolescence and Time$
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Nicole Vitellone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075681

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075681.001.0001

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Condoms and sex research

Condoms and sex research

(p.36) 3Condoms and sex research
Object Matters

Nicole Vitellone

Manchester University Press

This chapter seeks to provide a history of sex research on the condom, addressing the following questions: What are the consequences of getting adolescents to speak about the condom and their sexual experiences in the public arena? What impact has sex research had in producing knowledge of adolescent sexuality? Focusing on HIV/AIDS research conducted within university departments throughout the 1990s, the chapter addresses the role social scientists have played in constructing knowledge about the condom and sexuality post-AIDS, and questions the research methods used by social scientists to evaluate adolescent sexual behaviour and condom use. In particular, it analyses the consequences of qualitative research methods and their impact on the construction of adolescent sexuality, and, in examining research on condom use, shows how the issue of gay and lesbian invisibility raised in relation to the ‘Rubber Wars’ in Chapter 1 concerns the production of safer sex stories. The chapter highlights how qualitative methods constitute adolescence as an unfinished, yet-to-be-complete (hetero)sexual identity, one that is narrativised via the condom.

Keywords:   adolescents, sexual behaviour, sexuality, HIV/AIDS research, gays, lesbians

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