Global Queer Politics

Histories of Sexology

Between Science and Politics

Editors: Giami, Alain, Levinson, Sharman (Eds.)

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  • Brings together scholars, practitioners and activists from varied disciplinary backgrounds and national contexts
  • Examines the roles played by activists fighting for sexual and human rights in shaping and reshaping theories of sexuality
  • Offers much needed research on the overlapping histories produced from differing historiographical perspectives and objectives caused by the blurring of lines between academic research, clinical practice and activism
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Histories of Sexology: Between Science and Politics takes an interdisciplinary and reflexive approach to the historiography of sexology. Drawing on an intellectual history perspective informed by recent developments in science and technology studies and political history of science, this book examines specific social, cultural, intellectual, scientific and political contexts that have given shape to theories of sexuality, but also to practices in medicine, psychology, education and sexology. Furthermore, it explores various ways that theories of sexuality have both informed and been produced by sexologies—as scientific and clinical discourses about sex—in Western countries since the 19th century. 

About the authors

Alain Giami is Emeritus Research Professor at Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in Paris, France. He is currently the Chair of the World Association for Sexual Health Scientific Committee (2017-2021). Among other books, he has co-edited Sexual Revolutions, (2015).

Sharman Levinson is Associate Professor at the University of Angers, France, where she specializes in history of French physiology and psychology. Affiliated with the Gender, Sexuality, and Society Program at the American University of Paris, she is also President of the Association pour la Recherche et l’Intervention Muséale en Psychologie.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • History of Sexology and Theories of Sexuality: An Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Giami, Alain

  • Sexology’s Unexpected Progressiveness in the Cold War East: Shaping People’s Sexual Selves, Creating Socialist Societies

    Pages 25-39

    Lišková, Kateřina

  • “Humanitarian Hedonists” as Sex Educators: The Medical and Political Work of Fritz Brupbacher (1874–1945) and Paulette Brupbacher (1880–1967)

    Pages 41-59

    Kaiser, Christian

  • ‘Healthy’ Relationships: Feminism and the Psy Disciplines in the Political History of Sexual Violence in Contemporary America

    Pages 61-79

    Pache, Stéphanie

  • Saving Sexual Science: Kinsey and American Religious-Conservative Politics

    Pages 81-102

    Paturel, Alexandre (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Histories of Sexology
Book Subtitle
Between Science and Politics
Editors
  • Alain Giami
  • Sharman Levinson
Series Title
Global Queer Politics
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65813-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65813-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65812-0
Series ISSN
2569-1317
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 298
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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