A Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era

A world historical past of Sexuality offers a provocative, wide-ranging advent to the historical past of sexuality from the past due eighteenth century to the current day.

Explores what sexuality has intended within the daily lives of people over the past 2 hundred years:

Organized round 4 significant topics: the formation of sexual id, the rules of sexuality via societal norms, the rules of sexuality by way of associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization

Examines the subject from a comparative, worldwide viewpoint, with well-chosen case stories to light up the wider themes

Includes interdisciplinary contributions from well-known historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality experiences scholars

Introduces very important theoretical ideas in a transparent, obtainable way

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Government officials cum public health experts have employed science speak and the “language of truth” in order to colonize ever more spheres of human life, including sex, and to manage ever smaller details of citizens’ everyday existence. They have justified this intrusion in large part by invoking the rhetoric of liberation from the yoke of tradition, religion, and superstition—from an undesirable precivilized or premodern state of being. Modern life including sexual behavior, they have insisted, must be measured, counted, considered comparatively, reformed and, in some places, revolutionized.

The advent of the modern state in Japan facilitated the collection of information that subsequently changed official and (to a certain extent) popular views of sexuality and sexual behavior. The 1872 introduction of the mandatory military physical exam for all males, for instance, became the medico-legal framework for learning about and categorizing human populations into a series of types and identities, labeling some conscripts as suitable for military service and others as effeminate, syphilitic, and hysterical or neurasthenic.

Who can parent children? Who can share health and retirement benefits? Or how to address neoliberal capitalism’s remarkable ability to repurpose differences of gender and sexuality without ending the inequalities those differences produce? g. military service, gay marriage) of increased tolerance or the erosion of traditional family values (depending on point of view), these fundamental questions are still very much up in the air. And they are more bound up in issues of sexuality than ever before.

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