Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America / Edition 2

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America / Edition 2

by John D'Emilio, Estelle B. Freedman
     
 

The first full length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offers trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans, from colonial times to today. D'Emilio and Freedman give us a deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history.

"The book John D'Emilio

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The first full length study of the history of sexuality in America, Intimate Matters offers trenchant insights into the sexual behavior of Americans, from colonial times to today. D'Emilio and Freedman give us a deeper understanding of how sexuality has dramatically influenced politics and culture throughout our history.

"The book John D'Emilio co-wrote with Estelle B. Freedman, Intimate Matters, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when, writing for a majority of court on July 26, he and his colleagues struck down a Texas law criminalizing sodomy. The decision was widely hailed as a victory for gay rights—and it derived in part, according to Kennedy's written comments, from the information he gleaned from D'Emilio's book, which traces the history of American perspectives on sexual relationships from the nation's founding through the present day. The justice mentioned Intimate Matters specifically in the court's decision."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating. . . . [D'Emilio and Freedman] marshall their material to chart a gradual but decisive shift in the way Americans have understood sex and its meaning in their lives." —Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

"With comprehensiveness and care . . . D'Emilio and Freedman have surveyed the sexual patterns for an entire nation across four centuries." —Martin Bauml Duberman, Nation

"Intimate Matters is comprehensive, meticulous and intelligent." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"This book is remarkable. . . . [Intimate Matters] is bound to become the definitive survey of American sexual history for years to come." —Roy Porter, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226142647
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: The Repoductive Matrix, 1600-1800
1. Cultural Diversity in the Era of Settlement
2. Family Life and the Refulation of Deviance
3. Seeds of Change
Part II: Divided Passions, 1780-1900
4. Within the Family
5. Race and Sexuality
6. Outside the Family
7. Sexual Politics
Part III: Toward a New Sexual Order, 1880-1930
8. "Civilized Morality" Under Stress
9. Crusades for Sexual Order
10. Breaking with the Past
Part IV: The Rise and Fall of Sexual Liberalism, 1920 to the Present
11. Beyond Reproduction
12. Redrawing the Boundaries
13. Sexual Revolutions
14. The Sexualized Society
15. The Contemporary Political Crisis
Afterword
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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