Download e-book for kindle: An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality by Jennifer Terry

By Jennifer Terry

ISBN-10: 0226793664

ISBN-13: 9780226793665

ISBN-10: 0226793672

ISBN-13: 9780226793672

Drawing on unique learn from scientific texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person bills, felony circumstances, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured heritage of ways the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to altering American anxieties approximately social and sexual order within the smooth age.

Terry's overarching argument is compelling: that homosexuality served as a marker of the "abnormal" opposed to which malleable, tenuous, and sometimes contradictory options of the "normal" have been outlined. one of many few histories to take into account homosexuality in either men and women, Terry's paintings additionally stands proud in its refusal to erase the employer of individuals labeled as irregular. She files the myriad ways in which gays, lesbians, and different sexual minorities have coauthored, resisted, and reworked the main strong and authoritative sleek truths approximately intercourse. offering this background as a "useable past," An American Obsession is an critical contribution to the research of yank cultural history.

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