Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon: Sociologist Danielle Lindemann based this book on interviews with more than 50 pro dommes in NYC and San Francisco. The result is a nuanced portrait of how this form of erotic labor does and doesn’t reflect dynamics in the rest of life.
Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy: In this book, ethnographer Staci Newmahr draws on her extensive firsthand observations of and participation in a BDSM community in NYC in the early 2000s to explore the nuances of pain, eroticism, gender dynamics, edge play, intimacy, and other aspects of BDSM.
Please Scream Quietly: A Story of Kink: This fascinating book by sociologist and kinkster Julie Fennell digs into the norms and nuances of the public BDSM scene, including what kinds of people are attracted to the scene, the values that the scene teaches and promotes, and how the scene differs from the rest of society.
Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures: This collection features research studies and papers by scholars in the fields of sexology, psychology, and sexual minority advocacy. It “discusses the results of research into practitioners’ behaviors and perspectives, the prevalence of SM behaviors in today’s culture, and stresses the need for greater tolerance and understanding.”
Science of BDSM: Publications, presentations, and more from a team of academics and community members who seek to “understand the nature, dynamics, motivations, and effects of BDSM activities and relationships.”