Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science

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Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science explores attempts to develop bodies of knowledge about sex from antiquity to the present day. Taking into account cognate sciences like zoology, anatomy, embryology and psychiatry, the volume analyses the shaping over the centuries of disciplines which came by 1900 to be called 'sexology'. Various contributions explore the interfaces between 'high' and 'low' sexual teachings, and the connections and tensions between popular and empirical sexual knowledge on the one hand and ...

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Overview

Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science explores attempts to develop bodies of knowledge about sex from antiquity to the present day. Taking into account cognate sciences like zoology, anatomy, embryology and psychiatry, the volume analyses the shaping over the centuries of disciplines which came by 1900 to be called 'sexology'. Various contributions explore the interfaces between 'high' and 'low' sexual teachings, and the connections and tensions between popular and empirical sexual knowledge on the one hand and overtly scientific formulations. A major concern of the book is to investigate the ideological functions - in terms of group, class and gender - of sexual science, especially when incorporated into systems of legal, medical and political power. Among sexual liberals and radicals it has long been an article of faith that sexual science, sexual liberation and sexual fulfilment will all advance hand-in-hand. With the modern backlash against permissiveness, and against the background of AIDS, such views are being challenged. This new book offers an historical perspective upon such questions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521448918
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Sowing the field: Greek and Roman sexology 29
2 Sadism, masochism and history, or When is behaviour sado-masochistic? 47
3 Some traditional Indian views on menstruation and female sexuality 63
4 Sexual knowledge in England, 1500-1750 82
5 The transformation of Eve: women's bodies, medicine and culture in early modern England 107
6 The literature of sexual advice before 1800 134
7 The eclipse of sexual selection theory 158
8 Mammals, primatology and sexology 184
9 Krafft-Ebing's psychological understanding of sexual behaviour 210
10 The customs of the Magians: the problem of incest in historical societies 231
11 Masculinity and the Decadence 251
12 'Not a stranger, a doctor': medical men and sexual matters in the late nineteenth century 267
13 'May the doctor advise extramarital intercourse?': medical debates on sexual abstinence in Germany, c.1900 284
14 The development of sexology in the USA in the early twentieth century 303
15 Sigmund Freud and the sexologists: a second reading 323
16 'The English have hot-water bottles': the morganatic marriage between medicine and sexology in Britain since William Acton 350
17 Tainted love 367
Index 384
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