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The Construction of Homosexuality

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Publisher Comments:

"At various times, homosexuality has been considered the noblest of loves, a horrible sin, a psychological condition or grounds for torture and execution. David F. Greenberg's careful, encyclopedic and important new book argues that homosexuality is only deviant because society has constructed, or defined, it as deviant. The book takes us over vast terrains of example and detail in the history of homosexuality."—Nicholas B. Dirks, New York Times Book Review

Book News Annotation:

A magisterial study that places homosexuality in a cross-cultural and trans-historical context. Greenberg (sociology, NYU) illuminates and accounts for the influence of social factors on sexual preference, the social organization of sexuality, and the ways that societies have thought about sexuality and tried to control it. His comparative approach seeks to confirm that homosexuality is not a uniform phenomenon across time and that social beliefs about homosexuality stem from identifiable features in societies.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Theorizing the Prohibition against Homosexuality

Part I. Before Homosexuality

2. Homosexual Relations in Kinship-Structured Societies

3. Inequality and the State: Homosexual Innovations in Archaic Civilizations

4. Early Civilizations: Variations on Homosexual Themes

5. Sexual Asceticism in the Ancient World

6. Feudalism

Part II. The Construction of Modern Homosexuality

7. Repression and the Emergence of Subcultures

8. The Rise of Market Economies

9. The Medicalization of Homosexuality

10. Bureaucracy and Homosexuality

11. Gay Liberation

Epilogue: Under the Sign of Sociology

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226306278
Author:
Greenberg, David F.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Homosexuality, male
Subject:
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Subject:
Homosexuality -- History.
Subject:
Homosexuality, Male -- History -- Cross-cultural studies.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
19881209
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
645
Dimensions:
9.59x7.12x1.91 in. 2.72 lbs.

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Gay and Lesbian » History and Social Science » History and Biographies

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