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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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The Limits of Transnationalism

The Limits of Transnationalism

The Case of Max Marcuse

(p.422) Eighteen The Limits of Transnationalism
Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960

Kirsten Leng

University of California Press

This chapter examines the limits of transnationalism in (re)making sexological science by focusing on the case of Max Marcuse, one of Germany's most prominent sexologists. Marcuse played a key role in the intellectual and professional development of German sexology during the early twentieth century, undertaking research on various subjects while also helping publish the earliest sexological journals and professional societies. He was also instrumental in the introduction of sexology to criminal court cases. The chapter discusses Marcuse's emigration to Palestine and his failure to build a local audience for his specific brand of sexology, in large part because his approach was not in accord with Zionist visions of sexuality, biology, and community. Marcuse's experience illustrates how a confluence of subjective, cultural, and material factors constrained his ability to conduct research, including his study of “sexual problems” on kibbutzim, and wield his expertise as a German Jewish refugee in Palestine.

Keywords:   sexology, transnationalism, Max Marcuse, Germany, Palestine, sexuality, biology, community, kibbutzim

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