A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire

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The 19th century saw intense urbanization, the development of a consumer culture, the formalization of gender roles, the solidification of class structures, and various encounters with the exotic customs of the colonies - all of which contributed to enhance sexual anxiety among the middle classes. In response, new social conventions, sanitary prescriptions, practices of self-control, and policies of sex regulation and education were developed as a means to control disorderly sexual behavior. At the same time, though an ideology based on sexual respectability was largely promoted throughout society, significant individuals and subcultures often challenged both the principle and the practice of such morality.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 15.24mm | 544g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 53 bw illus
  • 1472539192
  • 9781472539199
  • 1,195,343

Table of contents

Series Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction: The Cultural History of Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century
Chiara Beccalossi, University of Queensland, Australia and Ivan Crozier, University of Edinburgh, UK

2 Heterosexuality: An Unfettered Capacity for Degeneracy
Chad Parkhill and Elizabeth Stephens, both University of Queensland, Australia

3 Homosexuality: European and Colonial Encounters
Sean Brady, Birkbeck College, London, UK

4 Sexual Variations
Lisa Downing, University of Exeter, UK

5 Sex, Religion, and the Law: The Regulation of Sexual Behaviors, 1820-1920
Louise A. Jackson, University of Edinburgh, UK

6 Sex, Medicine and Disease: From Reproduction to Sexuality
Chiara Beccalossi, University of Queensland, Australia

7 Sex, Popular Beliefs and Culture: Discourses on the Sexual Child
Gail Hawkes, University of New England, Australia and R. Danielle Egan, St Lawrence University in Canton, USA

8 Prostitution: The Age of Empires
Raelene Frances, Monash University, Australia

9 Erotica: Sexual Imagery, Empires, and Colonies
Ruth Ford, La Trobe University, Australia

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About Chiara Beccalossi

Chiara Beccalossi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, Australia, and author of Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology.

Ivan Crozier is a Senior Lecturer in the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh, UK and is currently writing a book on culture-bound syndromes in psychiatry.
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