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Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science

Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science

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  • Authors:
  • Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine Library, London
  • Mikulas Teich, University of Cambridge
Helen King, Vern L. Bullough, Julia Leslie, Patricia Crawford, Robert Martensen, Roy Porter, Simon J. Frankel, Londa Schiebinger, Renate Hauser, Michael Mitterauer, George L. Mosse, Angus McLaren, Andreas Hil, Sander L. Gilman, Lesley A. Hall, Richard Davenport-Hines, Christopher Phipps
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  • Date Published: October 1994
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 1999
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521448918

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  • Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science explores attempts to develop bodies of knowledge about sex from antiquity to the present day. Taking into account cognate sciences like zoology, anatomy, embryology and psychiatry, the volume analyses the shaping over the centuries of disciplines which came by 1900 to be called 'sexology'. Various contributions explore the interfaces between 'high' and 'low' sexual teachings, and the connections and tensions between popular and empirical sexual knowledge on the one hand and overtly scientific formulations. A major concern of the book is to investigate the ideological functions - in terms of group, class and gender - of sexual science, especially when incorporated into systems of legal, medical and political power. Among sexual liberals and radicals it has long been an article of faith that sexual science, sexual liberation and sexual fulfilment will all advance hand-in-hand. With the modern backlash against permissiveness, and against the background of AIDS, such views are being challenged. This new book offers an historical perspective upon such questions.

    • Chronological range goes from antiquity (ancient Greece and Rome) to the present day
    • Challenges the assumption that the rise of sexology is a simple history of scientific progress
    • Poses historical questions about the controversial subjects of the publication and censorship of sexual knowledge in society
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    • Date Published: October 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521448918
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.599kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 1999
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Sexology Before the Era of Freud:
    1. Sowing the field: Greek and Roman sexology Helen King
    2. Sadism, masochism and history, or when is behaviour sado-masochistic? Vern L. Bullough
    3. Some traditional Indian views on menstruation and female sexuality Julia Leslie
    4. Sexual knowledge in England, 1500–1750 Patricia Crawford
    5. The transformation of Eve: women's bodies, medicine and culture in early modern England Robert Martensen
    6. The literature of sexual advice before 1800 Roy Porter
    7. The eclipse of sexual selection theory Simon J. Frankel
    8. Mammals, primatology and sexology Londa Schiebinger
    9. Krafft-Ebbing's psychological understanding of sexual behaviour Renate Hauser
    Part II. Sexuality Since Freud:
    10. The customs of the Magians: the problems of incest in historical societies Michael Mitterauer
    11. Masculinity and the decadence George L. Mosse
    12. 'Not a stranger, a doctor': medical men and sexual matters in the late nineteenth century Angus McLaren
    13. 'May the doctor advise extra-marital intercourse?': medical debates on sexual abstinence in Germany, c. 1900 Andreas Hill
    14. The development of sexology in the USA in the twentieth century Vern L. Bullough
    15. Sigmund Freud and the sexologists: a second reading Sander L. Gilman
    16. 'The English have hot-water bottles': the morganatic marriage of medicine and sexology in Britain since William Acton Lesley A. Hall
    17. Tainted love Richard Davenport-Hines and Christopher Phipps.

  • Authors

    Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine Library, London

    Mikulas Teich, University of Cambridge

    Contributors

    Helen King, Vern L. Bullough, Julia Leslie, Patricia Crawford, Robert Martensen, Roy Porter, Simon J. Frankel, Londa Schiebinger, Renate Hauser, Michael Mitterauer, George L. Mosse, Angus McLaren, Andreas Hil, Sander L. Gilman, Lesley A. Hall, Richard Davenport-Hines, Christopher Phipps

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