Sex Life : A Critical Commentary on the History of Sexuality
Is sexuality innate or socially determined? How has the history of sexuality been constructed? What are the contributions to notions of sex and sexuality of feminists, lesbians and gays? And in what ways have the Right sought to synthesize biology and society in their desire for order? Don Milligan's survey introduces the literature and perspectives of writers from Freud to Scruton and provides a critical commentary along with explanation of the issues involved. Locating the history of sexuality at the intersection of philosophical, psychoanalytical, sociological, anthropological and demographic practice, he explores post-modern and deconstructionist approaches and the tensions between the essentialism of biology and the pluralism of social construction.
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- Paperback | 180 pages
- 140 x 216 x 10mm | 236g
- 20 Mar 1993
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Introduction; between mind and body (Freud, de Beauvoir, Mitchell); the state of nature (Darwin, Gehlen, Malinowsky, Midgley, Wilson, Dawkins); society and self-realization (Reich, Fromm, Marcuse); enemies of the oedipal triangle (Lacan, Bataille, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida); the perspective of history (Lyotard, Foucault, Weeks, Vance); the desire for order (Rorty, Bloom, Scruton); conclusion - the origin of sex-life.
About Don Milligan
Michael Griffin is a widely travelled freelance writer and journalist who has worked as an information consultant for UNICEF in Afghanistan. He is currently News Editor for Index on Censorship.