There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community

  title={There’s more to life than sex? Difference and commonality within the asexual community},
  author={Mark Carrigan},
  pages={462 - 478}
Asexuality is becoming ever more widely known and yet it has received relatively little attention from within sociology. Research in the area poses particular challenges because of the relatively recent emergence of the asexual community, as well as the expanding array of terms and concepts through which asexuals articulate their differences and affirm their commonalities. This article presents the initial findings of a mixed-methods research project, which involved semi-structured interviews… Expand

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