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Sex and Culture

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In Sex and Culture (1934), the ethnologist and social anthropologist J. D. Unwin studied 80 primitive tribes and 6 known civilizations through 5,000 years of history and found a positive correlation between the cultural achievement of a people and the sexual restraint they observe. "Sex and Culture is a work of the highest importance," Aldous Huxley wrote; "Unwin's conclus ...more
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Published 1934 by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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Daniel Clark
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This blew my mind. The "monotonous" pattern (meaning it's so predictable it's almost boring) is that "Any human society is free to choose either to display great energy or to enjoy sexual freedom; the evidence is that it cannot do both for more than one generation". He also said that a society has three generations (~100 years) after a sexual revolution before its collapse. Western civilization had its sexual revolution recently; we are now decaying into what Unwin calls "zoistic"--self-focused ...more
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Unwin bruger flest kræfter på 80 primitive samfund, mens en håndfuld civiliserede samfund som romerne, grækerne, sumererne, angel-sakserne fylder mindre.

Korrelationen mellem en streng seksualmoral og kulturel tilstand i de primitive samfund virker overbevisende. Årsagen forklarer Unwin med inspiration fra noget psykoanalyse, hvor den ophobede seksuelle energi ledes over i samfundsmæssig expansion og produktion. Den forklaring er noget spekulativ. Korrelationen hos de civiliserede samf
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