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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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“Let Us Leave the Hospital; Let Us Go on a Journey around the World”

“Let Us Leave the Hospital; Let Us Go on a Journey around the World”

British and German Sexual Science and The Global Search for Sexual Variation

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(p.51) Two “Let Us Leave the Hospital; Let Us Go on a Journey around the World”
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Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960
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Kate Fisher

Jana Funke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293373.003.0003

This chapter examines how the global search for sexual variation across different historical and cultural contexts helped British and German scholars to move away from the narrow medical focus of early sexology—in which sexual deviance and criminality had figured prominently—to better understand the unstable relation between the healthy and the pathological, and the normal and abnormal. The chapter first charts and explains the global turn in British and German sexual science during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before discussing how sexual scientists from both countries, using historical and anthropological evidence, were able to differentiate between sexual pathology and sexual perversion. British and German sexual scientists also proved that some perversions were normal and could be found in healthy individuals.

Keywords:   sexual variation, sexology, deviance, criminality, British sexual science, German sexual science, sexual scientists, pathology, perversion

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