Making Sexual History / Edition 1

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Overview

Jeffrey Weeks has established an international reputation as one of the most original and influential writers on the social history of sexuality.

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"For more than two decades, internationally acclaimed Britishtheorist and historian, Jeffrey Weeks, has been making sexualhistories of the most inspirational, intelligent and incisive sort.This magnificent selection of essays on subjects ranging fromsexual science to queer theory, from moral panics to sexualsolidarities distils the cumulative wisdom and distinctive visionthat permeate his substantial oeuvre. With sobered, but sustaining,optimism, Weeks meticulously guides readers through theintellectual and social thickets of the wild and wondrous landscapeof the last century of modern Western sexual history, theory andpolitics. Transcending the fractious polarities of contemporarysexual ideologies, this lucid, accessible book convincingly modelsits author's central thesis: one of the crucial ways we make sexualhistory is by thinking and writing new sexual ethics, imaginationsand practices into existence. Making Sexual History "goesall the way" to write new sexual and social thrills into our livesas we face the new millennium." Judith Stacey, StreisandProfessor of Contemporary Gender Studies, University of SouthernCalifornia

"Jeff Weeks is the doyen of history of sexuality in Britain. His1979 volume Sex, Politics and Society remains a foundationaltext. Indeed the historian working in this field in modern Britainsometimes feels that any contribution made is no more than afootnote to Weeks or an expansion of points he has alreadymade.Making Sexual History presents a broad range of Week'swritings, gathered from a range of material previously published indiverse locations between 1977 and 1999" Lesley A. Hall,Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine,Midland History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621142
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Weeks is Dean of South Bank University and Professor of Sociology

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Making Sexual History 1
Pt. I Contested Knowledge: Writers on Sexuality 15
1 Havelock Ellis and the Politics of Sex-Reform 17
2 Mary McIntosh and the 'Homosexual Role' 53
3 Dennis Altman and the Politics of (Homo)Sexual Liberation 75
4 Guy Hocquenghem and Homosexual Desire 86
5 Foucault for Historians 106
Pt. II Histories of Sexuality 123
6 Sexuality and History Revisited 125
7 AIDS and the Regulation of Sexuality 142
8 An Unfinished Revolution: Sexuality in the Twentieth Century 163
Pt. III Making History 179
9 The Idea of a Sexual Community 181
10 Community Responses to HIV and AIDS: The 'De-Gaying' and 'Re-Gaying' of AIDS 194
11 Everyday Experiments: Narratives of Non-Heterosexual Relationships 212
12 Millennium Blues and Beyond: Sexuality at the Fin de Millennium 233
Index 247
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