Jeffrey Weeks: What is Sexual History?

Artikelnummer: 978-0-74568-025-5

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.

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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.

'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

Autor*in / Hrsg.: Jeffrey Weeks
Wissenschaft: Sexualwissenschaft
fremdsprachige Bücher: all english books
Details: Umfang: 180 S.
Einband: Paperback
Format: 136 x 215 x 15mm
Gewicht: 270 g
Erscheinungsdatum: 08.04.2016

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