Genders and Sexualities in History

The Schism of ’68

Catholicism, Contraception and 'Humanae Vitae' in Europe, 1945-1975

Editors: Harris, Alana (Ed.)

  • Situates the Vatican’s controversial intervention in sexual ethics within the context of debates about ‘birth control’ and sex within marriage
  • Brings together historians of gender, sexuality and modern Catholicism to discuss the reactions to, and reception of, the Encyclical across Europe
  • Contextualises and illuminates the lived history of the Second Vatican Council
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About this book

This volume explores the critical reactions and dissenting activism generated in the summer of 1968 when Pope Paul VI promulgated his much-anticipated and hugely divisive encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which banned the use of  ‘artificial contraception’ by Catholics. Through comparative case studies of fourteen different European countries, it offers a wealth of new data about the lived religious beliefs and practices of ordinary people – as well as theologians interrogating ‘traditional teachings’ – in areas relating to love, marriage, family life, gender roles and marital intimacy. Key themes include the role of medical experts, the media, the strategies of progressive Catholic clergy and laity, and the critical part played by hugely differing Church-State relations. In demonstrating the Catholic Church’s important (and overlooked) contribution to the refashioning of the sexual landscape of post-war Europe, it makes a critical intervention into a growing historiography exploring the 1960s and offers a close interrogation of one strand of religious change in this tumultuous decade.

About the authors

Alana Harris is Lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College London, UK. She has previously published Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945-1982 (2013) and Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (with Timothy W. Jones, Palgrave, 2014).

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  • Due: March 23, 2018
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Due: February 23, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70810-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Schism of ’68
Book Subtitle
Catholicism, Contraception and 'Humanae Vitae' in Europe, 1945-1975
Editors
  • Alana Harris
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70811-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70811-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70810-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 400
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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