Daniel Hammer's Reviews > The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction

The History of Sexuality 1 by Michel Foucault
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
4975079
's review
Apr 27, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from April 07 to 27, 2011

A classic work. I'll be teaching a course on Human Sexuality again this summer (it is a lot of fun) and decided to give this book the thorough read-through that it deserved. Foucault's book is widely regarded as having shifted the entire landscape for how sexuality is approached academically. He persuasively demonstrates that the attendant ideas which Western society packages in the concept of sexuality (sexual identity, orientation, repression, guilt, perversion, and so on) are not part of a 'natural' sphere of what we know as human sexuality, but are ideas and discourses which have developed over time in conjunction with religious doctrines, psychological experts, physicians, changing so morals and the like. The argument that he weaves this around is the commonplace idea that the Victorian era was one of sexual repression. He argues that far from being a period of repression (in the sense that sexuality was pushed to the margins) that in fact the need to discourse about, confess about, fret over, seek expert opinions on and more, show that sexuality was becoming more of a central focus for self and society than ever before.
This book is classic. Foucault's writing is not always crystal clear...but this is nothing new for continental philosophy. The ideas he develops here can be easily applied to other sociological topics. Well worth reading.
likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The History of Sexuality 1.
sign in »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan Michael Apakah Anda mencari pinjaman? Atau apakah Anda menolak pinjaman oleh bank atau lembaga keuangan untuk satu atau lebih alasan? Anda memiliki tempat yang tepat untuk solusi pinjaman Anda di sini! Elizabeth Global Finance terbatas memberikan pinjaman kepada perusahaan-perusahaan dan individu pada tingkat bunga rendah dan terjangkau dari 2%. Silahkan hubungi kami melalui e-mail hari ini melalui elizabethp111@live.co.uk

PEMOHON DATA:

  1) Nama Lengkap:
  2) Negara:
  3) Alamat: a
  4) Negara:
  5) Sex:
  6) Status Pernikahan:
  7) Pekerjaan:
  8) Nomer Telpon:
  9) Saat ini posisi di tempat kerja:
  10) Pendapatan Bulanan:
  11) Jumlah Pinjaman Dibutuhkan:
  12) Pinjaman Jangka waktu:
  13) Tujuan Peminjaman:
  14) Agama:
  15) Apakah Anda menerapkan sebelum;
  16) Tanggal lahir;
  terima kasih,
Mrs Elizabeth Patrick


back to top