An American Obsession: Science, Medicine and the Place of Homosexuality in Modern Society (2nd)

An American Obsession: Science, Medicine and the Place of Homosexuality in Modern Society (2nd)

By: Jennifer Terry (author)Hardback

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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.

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Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Modernity and the Vexing Presence of Homosexuals Chapter 2: Medicalizing Homosexuality Chapter 3: The United States of Perversion Chapter 4: Progressive Science in Search of Sexual Normality Chapter 5: Fluid Sexes Chapter 6: The Committee for the Study of Sex Variants Chapter 7: Sex Variant Subjects Chapter 8: Policing Homosexuality Chapter 9: Disease or Way of Life? Chapter 10: Parents, Strangers, and Other Dangers Chapter 11: Fear of a World Conspiracy Chapter 12: Discerning Allies and Enemies Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index ??

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/11/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780226793665
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780226793665
  • weight: 908
  • ISBN10: 0226793664
  • edition: 2nd

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