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Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960$
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Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas E. Haynes, and Ryan M. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293373

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293373.001.0001

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Toward a Global History of Sexual Science: Movements, Networks, and Deployments

Toward a Global History of Sexual Science: Movements, Networks, and Deployments

(p.1) Introduction Toward a Global History of Sexual Science: Movements, Networks, and Deployments
Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Veronika Fuechtner

Douglas E. Haynes

Ryan M. Jones

University of California Press

This book examines the various circuits, nodes, and modes that enabled sexual scientific knowledge to spread worldwide. It shows how various actors such as Sueo Iwaya, Magnus Hirschfeld, and Swami Shivananda engaged with sexual science through their writings, as well as sexual science's relationship to modernity. The book suggests that European sexual science was constituted on the basis of conceptions of Others considered outside of “modernity” and that actors outside of Europe contributed to a globalizing sexual science through “unruly appropriations” of the field's emergent ideas. It also discusses the ways that ideas of sexual science circulated multidirectionally through travel, intellectual exchange, and internationally produced and disseminated publications. Essays written by historians, historians of science, anthropologists, and humanities scholars cover topics ranging from male homosexuality and female prostitution to the secularization of Christian marriage, popular sexology in early postwar Japan, the science of sexual difference, and female orgasm.

Keywords:   sexual science, modernity, Europe, Others, male homosexuality, female prostitution, marriage, sexology, sexual difference, female orgasm

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