Genders and Sexualities in History

The Catholic Church and Modern Sexual Knowledge, 1850-1950

Authors: Pozzi, Lucia

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  • Offers an array of sources to provide critical insight into Catholic concern with the body and sexuality
  • Explores the ways in which the Catholic church has, and continues to, regulate sexual behaviours
  • Allows histories of sexuality and religion to speak to each other in new ways
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About this book

This book is the first to present a comprehensive historical picture of the modern Catholic concern with the body and sexuality. The Catholic church is commonly believed to have always opposed birth control and abortion throughout the centuries. Yet the Catholic encounter with modern sexuality has a more complex and interesting history. What was the meaning of sexual purity? Why did eugenics matter to Catholicism? How did the Society of Jesus interpret the idea of overpopulation? Why did Pius XI decide to issue the notorious encyclical Casti connubii on Christian marriage – the first modern papal pronouncement on birth control, abortion, and eugenics? In answering these questions, Lucia Pozzi uncovers new archival and unpublished records to dig into Catholic responses to modern sexual knowledge, showing the Catholic church at times resisting, but also often welcoming, scientific modernity.

About the authors

Lucia Pozzi is an intellectual historian in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters on the history of modern Catholic discourses on sexuality and eugenics.

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“This book offers an engaging and well-researched study of the relationship between Catholicism and sexual science; it will make a useful contribution to the histories of sexuality and religion, helping these two, often disparate, fields speak to each other in new ways.”

-  David Geiringer, Associate Lecturer and Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London, UK   

"Too often historians of sexuality, especially in the English-speaking world, work with stylised views of the Catholic Church’s regulation of women’s sexuality. By reading Lucia Pozzi’s book, they can gain a more nuanced view based on fine-grained archival research."

- Peter Cryle, Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Catholic Church and Modern Sexual Knowledge, 1850-1950
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
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
978-3-030-79786-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-79786-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-79785-0
Series ISSN
2730-9479
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 278
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