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The history of sexuality /

by Michel Foucault ; translated from the French by Robert Hurley.

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Main Author: Foucault, Michel
Other Names: Hurley, Robert.
Published: New York : Vintage Books, <1988-1990, c1985 >
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
Topics: Sex customs - History. | Sexual ethics - History. | Foucault, Michel | Seksualiteit.
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Uniform Title: Histoire de la sexualité. English
Main Author: Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.
Physical Description: v. <2-3 > ; 19 cm.
Includes: Includes bibliographies and indexes.
ISBN: 0679724699 (v. 1)
9780679724698 (v. 1)
0394751221 (v. 2)
9780394751221 (v. 2)
0394741552 (v. 3)
9780394741550 (v. 3)
Language Note: Translation of Histoire de la sexualité.
Summary: Michel Foucault's 'The History of Sexuality' pioneered queer theory. In it he builds an argument grounded in a historical analysis of the word "sexuality" against the common thesis that sexuality always has been repressed in Western society. Quite the contrary: since the 17th century, there has been a fixation with sexuality creating a discourse around sexuality. It is this discourse that has created sexual minorities. In 'The History of Sexuality', Foucault attempts to disprove the thesis that Western society has seen a repression of sexuality since the 17th century and that sexuality has been unmentionable, something impossible to speak about. In the 70s, when the book was written, the sexual revolution was a fact. The ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, saying that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy, were popular. The past was seen as a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden.

More Details for: The history of sexuality