Barry Adam

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Barry Adam teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario). He played a key role in the formation of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association. Barry is also an SDS Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. His work on sexuality, and HIV/AIDS, is impressive in its quality and quantity.

Adam, Barry D.; Betancourt, Gerardo; Sánchez, Angel S. “Development of an HIV prevention and life skills program for Spanish speaking gay and bisexual newcomers.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 20 (1) (2011):11-17.

Adam, Barry D.; Murray, James; Ross, Suzanne; Oliver, Jason; Lincoln, Stephen G.; Rynard, Vicki. “, an innovative web-supported stigma-reduction intervention for gay and bisexual men.” Health Education Research 26 (5) (2011):795-807.


Adam, Barry D. “Foreword.” p. vii-ix.

In Judging Homosexuals: a History of Gay Persecution in Quebec and France / Patrice Corriveau ; translated by Käthe Roth ; with a foreword by Barry Adam. Vancouver : UBC Press, c2011. HQ76.3.C3 C6713 2011

Adam, Barry D.; Brooke, Catherine L.; Bortolin, Sandra; McCauley, Jaime. “Perceptions of HIV risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth” Our Schools, Our Selves 19 (2) (2010):39-54.


Adam, Barry D. “Lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual movements.” P.2092-2096.

In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Edited by Immanuel Ness. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009. JC491 .I58 2009


Adam, Barry D. “How might we create a collectivity that we would want to belong to?” p.71-79.

In Gay Shame. Edited by David M. Halperin & Valerie Traub. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009. HQ75.15 .G53 2009

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Adam, Barry D. “The emergence of a poz sexual culture.” P.207-222.

In The Story of Sexual Identity. Edited by Phillip Hammack and Bertram Cohler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. HQ1075 .S79 2009

Adam, Barry D.; Bereket Tarik. “Navigating Islam and same-sex liaisons among men in Turkey” Journal of Homosexuality 55 (2) (2008):204-222.


Adam, Barry D. “Why be queer?” p.71-79.

In Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Edited by George C. Pavlich and Myra J. Hird. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2007. HN103.5 .Q84 2007

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Adam, Barry D. “Homophobia and heterosexism.” p.2152-2154.

In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. vol. 5.

Adam, Barry D. “Book reviews.” Review of Laud Humphreys: Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology. Journal of the History of Sexuality. 15 (3) (July 2006): 499-502.

Bereket, Tarik; Adam, Barry D. “The emergence of gay identities in contemporary Turkey.” Sexualities. 9 (2) (2006): 131-151.

Adam, Barry D. “Infectious behaviour: imputing subjectivity to HIV transmission.” Social Theory and Health. 4(2) (2006):168-179.

Adam, Barry D. “Relationship innovation in male couples.” Sexualities. 9(1) (2006): 5-26.

Adam, Barry D. “Constructing the neoliberal sexual actor: responsibility and care of the self in the discourse of barebackers.” Culture, Health and Sexuality. 7(4) (2005): 333-346.

Discourse analyses and interviews with 102 Toronto men who no longer practise protected sex, more than twenty years into the HIV epidemic.

Adam, Barry D. “Care, intimacy, and same-sex partnership in the 21st century.” Current Sociology. 52(2) (2004): 265–279.

Adam, Barry D. “The ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and American exceptionalism: the ‘gay marriage’ panic in the United States.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 12(2) (2003): 259-276.


Adam, Barry D. “From liberation to transgression and beyond: gay, lesbian and queer studies at the turn of the twenty-first century.” p.15-26.

In Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Edited by Diane Richardson and Steven Seidman. London: SAGE Publications, 2002. HQ75.15 .H35 2002

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Adam, Barry D. “Homosexuality and crime.” p.797-804. In Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Edited by Joshua Dressler. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2002.

Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor; Adam, Barry D. ; Cohen, Jeffrey J. “Sexual desire and practice among people living with HIV and using combination anti-retroviral therapies.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 11(1) (2002): 33-40.

Adam, Barry D. “Theorizing the globalization of gay and lesbian movements.” Research in Political Sociology. 10 (2002): 123-137.


Adam, Barry D. “Globalization and the mobilization of gay and lesbian communities.” p.166-179.

In Globalization and Social Movements. Edited by Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, and Sasha Roseneil. New York: St Martin’s/Palgrave, 2001.

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Murray, James ; Adam, Barry D. 2001. “Aging, sexuality, and HIV issues among older gay men.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 10(3/4) (2001): 75-90.

Adam, Barry D.; Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor; Cohen, Jeffrey J. Living with Combination Therapies / Barry D. Adam, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Jeffrey J. Cohen. [Windsor, Ont. : Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor], 2001.

Rayside, David. “Adam, Barry.” p.5. In Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present. Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. London: Routledge, 2000.

Adam, Barry D. “Love and sex in constructing identity among men who have sex with men.” International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies. 5 (4) (October 2000): 325-339.

Adam, Barry D. “Age preferences among gay and bisexual men.” GLQ. 6 (3) (2000): 413-434.

Adam, Barry D.; Sears, Alan; Schellenberg, E. Glenn. “Accounting for unsafe sex: interviews with men who have sex with men.” Journal of Sex Research. 37(1) (February 2000): 259-271.


Adam, Barry D. “Moral regulation and the disintegrating Canadian state.” p.12-29.

In The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics: National Imprints of a Worldwide Movement. Edited by Barry D. Adam, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and André Krouwel. Philadelphia, Penn : Temple University Press, 1999. HQ76.5 .G56 1999

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See review by Miriam Smith in The Canadian Journal of Sociology September 1999. (CJS Online)
See review by Surina Khan in Lambda Book Report. 7(11) (June 1999): 26-27.

Adam, Barry D. “Queer theory.” p. 718 in The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought: Third Edition. Edited by Alan Bullock and Stephen Trombley. New York: Norton, 1999; also published as The New Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought. London: HarperCollins.

Adam, Barry D. “Anatomy of a panic: state voyeurism, gender politics, and the cult of Americanism.” p.467-476. In Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies: A Reader. Edited by Peter M. Nardi and Beth E. Schneider. New York : Routledge, 1998. HQ75.16.U6 S63 1998 (Reprinted from Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Issues, Concerns, and Contrasts,1994)

Adam, Barry D. “Theorizing homophobia.” Sexualities. 1(4) (1998): 387-404.

Adam, Barry D.; Sears, Alan. Experiencing HIV: Personal, Family, and Work Relationships / Barry D. Adam and Alan Sears. New York : Columbia University Press, 1996. RC607.A26 A34 1996


Adam, Barry D. The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement / Barry D. Adam. Rev. ed. New York : Twayne Publishers, 1995. HQ76.5 .A33 1995


Adam, Barry D. “Anatomy of a panic: state voyeurism, gender politics, and the cult of Americanism.” p.103-118. In Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Issues, Concerns, and Contrasts. Edited by Wilbur J. Scott and Sandra Carson Stanley. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1994. UB418.G38 G36 1994

Adam, Barry D. “Introduction.” p. vii-xi in Constructing Sexualities. Edited by Jacqueline Murray. Windsor: University of Windsor Humanities Research Group, 1993

Adam, Barry D.; Sears, Alan. People with HIV Talk about Life, Love, Work, and Family / by Barry Adam and Alan Sears. Windsor, ON : AIDS Committee of Windsor, [1993]

Adam, Barry D. “Post-Marxism and the new social movements” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology. 30 (3) (1993): 316-336. HM1.C6

Adam, Barry D. “Sex and caring among men.” p. 175-183 in Modern Homosexualities. Edited by Kenneth Plummer. London: Routledge, 1992

Adam, Barry D. “Gay and lesbian movement.” p. 167-168 in Women’s Studies Encyclopedia, Volume 3. Edited by Helen Tierney. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991

Adam, Barry D. The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement / Barry D. Adam. Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1987. HQ76.5 .A33 1987

See review by Richard Dey in The Gay Review. 11(1/2) (Autumn 1991): 104-108.
See review by Alain Martinossi in International Gay and Lesbian Review. 1998.
See review by John Preston in Lambda Rising Book Report. 1(1) (1987): 5.
See review by Marv Shaw in Bay Area Reporter. 17(28) (9 July 1987): 28.

Adam, Barry D. “Further comment on the Toronto conference and social constructionists.” Sociologists Gay Caucus Newsletter. 46: ?, January 1986. Comments on the conference, “Sex and the State: Their Laws, Our Lives,” held in Toronto in June 1985.


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