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Genders and Sexualities in History

Wolfenden's Witnesses

Homosexuality in Postwar Britain

Authors: Lewis, Brian

  • The first book of its kind to be derived from the Wolfenden papers.
  • Presents a truly comprehensive picture of midtwentieth century British homosexuality.
  • Includes source material from the Wolfenden report itself.
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About this book

The Wolfenden Report of 1957 has long been recognized as a landmark in moves towards gay law reform. What is less well known is that the testimonials and written statements of the witnesses before the Wolfenden Committee provide by far the most complete and extensive array of perspectives we have on how homosexuality was understood in mid-twentieth century Britain. Those giving evidence, individually or through their professional associations, included a broad cross-section of official, professional and bureaucratic Britain: police chiefs, policemen, magistrates, judges, lawyers and Home Office civil servants; doctors, biologists (including Alfred Kinsey), psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists; prison governors, medical officers and probation officers; representatives of the churches, morality councils and progressive and ethical societies; approved school headteachers and youth organization leaders; representatives of the army, navy and air force; and a small handful of self-described but largely anonymous homosexuals. This volume presents an annotated selection of their voices.

About the authors

Brian Lewis is Professor of History at McGill University, Canada.

Reviews

"Brian Lewis deserves considerable praise for making available much of the testimony presented to the Wolfenden Committee on male homosexuality in 1950s Britain. A treasure-trove of hitherto unpublished material – judiciously chosen, carefully edited, and richly contextualized – Wolfenden's Witnesses contributes enormously to our understanding of the complexities of the queer 'fifties." - Chris Waters, Hans W. Gatzke '38 Professor of Modern European History, Williams College, USA
"Brian Lewis deserves considerable praise for making available much of the testimony presented to the Wolfenden Committee on male homosexuality in 1950s Britain. A treasure-trove of hitherto unpublished material – judiciously chosen, carefully edited, and richly contextualized – Wolfenden's Witnesses contributes enormously to our understanding of the complexities of the queer 'fifties." - Chris Waters, Hans W. Gatzke '38 Professor of Modern European History, Williams College, USA

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-32149-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-32148-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wolfenden's Witnesses
Book Subtitle
Homosexuality in Postwar Britain
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32150-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137321503
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32149-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-32148-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 316
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