An American Obsession : Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society

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An American Obsession : Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 537 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780226793665
  • DDC分類 307.7660973

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Drawing on research from medical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person accounts, legal cases, sensationalist journalism and legislative debates, this text is a history of how the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order in the modern age. The overarching argument is that homosexuality served as a marker of the "abnormal" against which malleable, tenuous and often contradictory concepts of the "normal" were defined. The book takes into consideration homosexuality in both women and men and refuses to erase the agency of people classified as abnormal. It documents the ways that gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities have co-authored, resisted and transformed the most powerful and authoritative modern truths about sex.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments                        ix
Introduction 1 (26)
1 Modernity and the Vexing Presence of 27 (13)
Homosexuals
2 Medicalizing Homosexuality 40 (34)
3 The United States of Perversion 74 (46)
4 Progressive Science in Search of Sexual 120(39)
Normality
5 Fluid Sexes 159(19)
6 The Committee for the Study of Sex Variants 178(42)
7 Sex Variant Subjects 220(48)
8 Policing Homosexuality 268(29)
9 Disease or Way of Life? 297(18)
10 Parents, Strangers, and Other Dangers 315(14)
11 Fear of a World Conspiracy 329(24)
12 Discerning Allies and Enemies 353(25)
Epilogue 378(23)
Notes 401(80)
Bibliography 481(42)
Index 523