A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Modern Age

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Sexual cultures have changed enormously in the 20th century. We have greater sexual equality than ever before and homosexuality has shifted from being a crime, a sin, and a disease to an acknowledged and sometimes legally sanctioned variation. However, many sexual practices remain controversial, even demonized. The sexual revolution, psychoanalysis, changes in the law, medical advances, and the explosion of sexual imagery in the media have all contributed to a liberalization of sex. At the same time, Western cultures continue to think about sexuality as a desire shaped by nature, as of greater interest to men than women, as private, and as shaped by love.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Modern Age 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 | 304 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 15.24mm | 485g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 57 bw illus
  • 1472554787
  • 9781472554789
  • 1,035,176

Table of contents

Series Acknowledgements

1 Introduction
Gert Hekma, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 Heterosexuality
Francis Ronsin, University of Bourgogne, France

3 Homosexuality
Florence Tamagne, University of Lille, France

4 Sexual Variations
Gert Hekma, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5 Sex, Religion, and the Law
Daniela Danna, Universita degli studi, Italy

6 Sex, Medicine, and Disease
Alain Giami, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, France

7 Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture
Franz X. Eder, University of Vienna, Austria

8 Prostitution
Marie-Louise Janssen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

9 Erotica
Kelly Dennis, University of Connecticut, USA

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About Gert Hekma

Gert Hekma teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is co-editor of The Pursuit of Sodomy; Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left; and Sexual Cultures in Europe.
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