What is Sexual History?

What is Sexual History?

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Until the 1970s the history of sexuality was a marginalized practice. Today it is a flourishing field, increasingly integrated into the mainstream and producing innovative insights into the ways in which societies shape and are shaped by sexual values, norms, identities and desires. In this book, Jeffrey Weeks, one of the leading international scholars in the subject, sets out clearly and concisely how sexual history has developed, and its implications for our understanding of the ways we live today.


The emergence of a new wave of feminism and lesbian and gay activism in the 1970s transformed the subject, heavily influenced by new trends in social and cultural history, radical sociological insights and the impact of Michel Foucault s work. The result was an increasing emphasis on the historical shaping of sexuality, and on the existence of many different sexual meanings and cultures on a global scale. With chapters on, amongst others, lesbian, gay and queer history, feminist sexual history, the mainstreaming of sexual history, and the globalization of sexual history, What is Sexual History? is an indispensable guide to these developments.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 22mm | 384g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745680240
  • 9780745680248
  • 1,879,310

Table of contents

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
An Introduction
What is a History of Sexuality a History of?
Narratives
Summary of Book
Chapter 1: Framing Sexual History
Towards a Critical Sexual History
Theoretical Detours
Bodies
Subjectivities and Affect
Generations
Times Present, Times Past, Times Future
Chapter 2: The Invention of Sexual History
The Magic of Words
The Natural History of Sexuality
The New History
The Emergence of Social Constructionism
Chapter 3: Querying and Queering Same-sex History
What is Homosexual History?
Recovering the Gay and Lesbian Past, and Historic Present
Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Homosexual
The Queer Challenge
Beyond the Binary
Making Connections
Chapter 4: Gender, Sexuality and Power
Dangers and Pleasures
Sexual Violence and Sexual History
Historicizing Female Sexuality
Sexuality and the Theory Wars
Rethinking Power
Intersections
On Manliness, Masculinity, and Men
Chapter 5: Mainstreaming Sexual History
Into the Mainstream
The Birth of Modern Sexuality?
The Normalization of Heterosexuality
The Great Transition
AIDS and the Burdens of History
Same-sex Marriage and New Patterns of Intimacy
Chapter 6: The Globalization of Sexual History
Globalizing Sexual History
Historians and Transnational Sexual History
Patterns of Sexual History
The Colonial Legacy and the Postcolonial Critique
Sexual Regimes, Sexual Lives
History and Human Sexual Rights
Chapter 7: Memory, Community, Voice
Unofficial Knowledges and Counter-history
Memory and Community
The Sexual Archive
Voice
Living Sexual History
Suggestions for Further Reading
Notes
Index
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'For over forty years, with flawless erudition, Jeffrey Weeks has been leading us through the exciting history of the shifting meanings, manners, conflicts and victories around sexual intimacies. In this elegantly succinct overview we can learn all we need to know about debates surrounding the continuing complexities of people's ability to flaunt and enjoy their sexual desires. An essential guide for everyone.'
Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, University of London
'This is a learned, ecumenical, broad-ranging, elegantly written and altogether engaging account of the history of sexuality. No student or general reader could want a better-informed, more thoughtful and generous guide to the field than Jeffrey Weeks. Most importantly this book shows that the history of sexuality illuminates not only contemporary debates but the ways we understand our past more generally.'
Thomas Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley
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'For over forty years, with flawless erudition, Jeffrey Weeks has been leading us through the exciting history of the shifting meanings, manners, conflicts and victories around sexual intimacies. In this elegantly succinct overview we can learn all we need to know about debates surrounding the continuing complexities of people's ability to flaunt and enjoy their sexual desires. An essential guide for everyone.' Lynne Segal, Birkbeck, University of London 'This is a learned, ecumenical, broad-ranging, elegantly written and altogether engaging account of the history of sexuality. No student or general reader could want a better-informed, more thoughtful and generous guide to the field than Jeffrey Weeks. Most importantly this book shows that the history of sexuality illuminates not only contemporary debates but the ways we understand our past more generally.' Thomas Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley
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About Jeffrey Weeks

Jeffrey Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University.
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