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Book: Play, Pain and Religion

Chapter: Setting the Scene

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40002


Chapter 2 outlines the choice and usage of the term BDSM and its relationship to its wider context of culture, law and sex. It clarifies what constitutes the category of behaviours with which the remainder of the book is concerned and establishes some of the contextual frames within which my research participants both practice and understand their practice.

Chapter Contributors

  • Alison Robertson ( - arobertson3184) 'The Open University'