Dangerous Sexualities: Medico-moral Politics in England Since 1830

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Medical - 250 pages
Dangerous Sexualities takes a look at how our ideas of health and disease are linked to moral and immoral notions of sex. Beginning in the 1830s, Frank Mort relates his social historical narratives to the sexual choices and possibilities facing us now.
This long-awaited second edition has been thoroughly updated to include new discussions of eugenics, race hygiene and social imperialism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With a new and extended bibliography, introduction and illustrations, this second edition brings a classic into the 21st Century.
 

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Contents

Narratives of sex
1
Moral environmentalism 18301860
9
Cholera
11
James Phillips Kay
15
Eighteenthcentury social medicine and philanthropy
18
Experts and their concepts
20
Science and religion
24
Medicomoral politics implemented?
26
Ellice Hopkins
93
Purity feminism and the reluctant state
98
The compromise solution
101
Suffrage and sexuality 19081914
106
Mobilising a language
108
Petitioning the state
109
The Libertarian challenge
114
Conclusion
116

Decoding morality the domain of the sexual
29
Hygienics and bourgeois heremony
33
Workingclass female sexuality and professional masculinity
37
Hierarchies of expertise female philanthropy and the gendered politics of reform
42
Conclusion
47
The sanitary principle in dominance medical hegemony and feminist response 18601880
49
Medical hegemony and social policy 18501870
51
The Contagious Diseases Acts and midVictorian social reform
54
Female sexuality
60
Male desire
64
The repeal campaign and the collapse of the medicomoral alliance
67
Religion morality and repeal ferminism
71
Women and social disciplining
73
From state medicine to criminal law purity feminism and the state 18801914
80
Prologue
81
The eclipse of state medicine
83
Purity and science
86
Purity and populism
88
speaking out
89
Feminism and social purity
91
From purity to social hygiene early twentiethcentury campaigns for sex education
119
The Dronfield case the teacher and the girls she told
121
In corpore sano
129
Racial health
133
Social and moral hygiene
136
Feminist reponses
141
Sex education
144
The contruction of sexual difference advice to girls
149
Masculinity
152
School sex hygiene teaching competing strategies
154
The state and sex hygiene
156
The personal and the political
157
Purity politics in decline
160
Conclusion
163
Epilogue
165
Notes
173
Selected bibliography
209
Additional bibliography
231
Index
242
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About the author (2000)

Frank Mort is Professor of Cultural history and Director of the Ralph Samuel Centre for Metropolitan Cultural History at the University of East London.

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