Jeffrey Weeks has established an international reputation as one of the most original and influential writers on the social history of sexuality. This new book brings together some of his most important work on the changing patterns of our sexual and intimate lives today. The first part of the book discusses writers on sexuality, from Havelock Ellis to more recent influential thinkers such as Michel Foucault. Jeffrey Weeks gives an account of the social and political context in which they wrote, and assesses how their work has shaped our concepts of sexuality and intimacy. The second part of the book explores the ways in which sociologists and historians have been rethinking sexuality, and how 'the erotic' is being reinvented by new sexual and social movements. He examines the impact of AIDS as well as the gradual changes which have transformed personal lives in this century, and concludes with a review of attitudes and ideas at the end of the millennium.
This highly accessible text will be of interest to specialists and students in the areas of sociology and social theory, and history, as well as all those working in the area of gender studies who are concerned with issues of sexuality and intimate life.
"For more than two decades, internationally acclaimed British
theorist and historian, Jeffrey Weeks, has been making sexual
histories of the most inspirational, intelligent and incisive sort.
This magnificent selection of essays on subjects ranging from
sexual science to queer theory, from moral panics to sexual
solidarities distils the cumulative wisdom and distinctive vision
that permeate his substantial oeuvre. With sobered, but sustaining,
optimism, Weeks meticulously guides readers through the
intellectual and social thickets of the wild and wondrous landscape
of the last century of modern Western sexual history, theory and
politics. Transcending the fractious polarities of contemporary
sexual ideologies, this lucid, accessible book convincingly models
its author's central thesis: one of the crucial ways we make sexual
history is by thinking and writing new sexual ethics, imaginations
and practices into existence. Making Sexual History "goes
all the way" to write new sexual and social thrills into our lives
as we face the new millennium." Judith Stacey, Streisand
Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies, University of Southern
"Jeff Weeks is the doyen of history of sexuality in Britain. His
1979 volume Sex, Politics and Society remains a foundational
text. Indeed the historian working in this field in modern Britain
sometimes feels that any contribution made is no more than a
footnote to Weeks or an expansion of points he has already
made.Making Sexual History presents a broad range of Week's
writings, gathered from a range of material previously published in
diverse locations between 1977 and 1999" Lesley A. Hall,
Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine,
Introduction: Making Sexual History.
Part I: Contested Knowledge: Writers on Sexuality:.
1. Havelock Ellis and the Politics of Sex Reform.
2. Mary McIntosh and the Homosexual Role.
3. Dennis Altman and the politics of (Homo)sexual
4. Guy Hocquenghem and Homosexual Desire.
5. Foucault for Historians.
Part II: Histories of Sexuality:.
6. Sexuality and History Revisited.
7. AIDS and the Regulation of Sexuality.
8. An Unfinished Revolution: Sexuality in the 20th Century.
Part III: Making History: .
9. The Idea of a Sexual Community.
10. Community Responses to HIV and AIDS.
11. Everyday Experiments: Narratives of Non-Heterosexual
12. Millennium Blues and Beyond: sexuality at the fin de