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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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Takahashi Tetsu and Popular Sexology in Early Postwar Japan, 1945–1970

Takahashi Tetsu and Popular Sexology in Early Postwar Japan, 1945–1970

(p.211) Nine Takahashi Tetsu and Popular Sexology in Early Postwar Japan, 1945–1970
Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Mark McLelland

University of California Press

This chapter examines popular sexology in Japan during the period 1945–1970 by focusing on the career of Takahashi Tetsu, one of the country's most prominent sexual scientists in the post-World War II era. Takahashi promulgated a liberal version of Freudianism, particularly his acceptance of the ubiquity of “sexual perversity,” and collected, published, and thereby helped popularize a wide variety of information about sexuality. After providing an overview of Takahashi's prewar influences and activities, the chapter considers the spread of sexological knowledge during the time of Occupation (1945–1952). It then shows how Takahashi mobilized the works of Alfred C. Kinsey and other Western sexual scientists in the early 1950s and attempted to synthesize them with what he saw as an indigenous Japanese approach. It concludes with a discussion of Takahashi's legacy in the field of sexual science.

Keywords:   sexology, Japan, Takahashi Tetsu, Freudianism, sexual perversity, sexuality, Alfred C. Kinsey, sexual science

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