Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History (Family, Sexuality and Social Relations in Past Times)

Twentieth-Century Sexuality: A History (Family, Sexuality and Social Relations in Past Times)

by Angus Mc Laren (Author)

Synopsis

This book provides a fascinating history of sexuality in twentieth--century Europe and North America. Angus McLaren draws upon legal, medical and literary sources to demonstrate how modern sexuality has been shaped by race, class, gender and generational preoccupations.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
Edition: 1
Publisher: WB
Published: 07 Jul 1999

ISBN 10: 0631208135
ISBN 13: 9780631208136

Media Reviews
This highly informative text is comprehensive, clearly written, and relies on the most up--to--date scholarship in its field. McLarena s interpretive outlook is unfailingly tolerant and invariably insightful. Robert A. Nye, Oregon State University McLarena s book is to be highly recommended as a general textbook which illuminates the evolving debates and practices concerned with twentieth--century sexuality. Both undergraduates and professional historians will find it useful as is lays out the evidence and provides copious footnotes to help with further exploration of the topic. History A valuable, fluently--written and very well--documented history of sexuality ... a most impressive work. Contemporary British History ... the book is stuffed full of goodies ... written in McLarena s usual readable style. American Historical Review In Twentieth Century Sexuality: A History, Angus McLaren succeeds in accomplishing exactly what his title promises; to provide a history of twentieth century sexuality. And in the process of reaching this ambitious goal, he gives us vast stimulation and food for thought. McLaren has therefore written a very important book and one that crackles with insights while being as comprehensive as can be imagined. As such, the work is quite unique. Journal of Social History Angus McLarena s ability to provide an overview of as complex a topic as sexuality in the mercurial twentieth--century is truly outstanding. In this book, he summarizes -- with wit as well as historical accuracy -- many of the key issues that have shaped sexual identity throughout the last century. Medical History Writing in clear, well--organized prose, he is mindful of the influences of popular culture and media on sexual attitudes. The book succeeds best as a broad--ranging survey of Western European and Anglo--American attitudes. Publishers Weekly Twentieth--Century Sexuality: A History ...seeks to explore its topic in its quintessential complexity. Journal of Family Studies
Author Bio
Angus McLaren is Professor of History at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada and Associate Editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. He has taught at the University of Calgary and has been a Visiting Fellow at St. Antonya s College, Oxford and Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of A History of Contraception and has also researched widely on the history of abortion, eugenics and twentieth century sexuality.