Science and Homosexualities

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Vernon A. Rosario
Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 308 pages
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Science and Homosexualities is the first anthology by historians of science to examine European and American scientific research on sexual orientation since the coining of the word "homosexual" almost 150 years ago. This collection is particularly timely given the enormous scientific and popular interest in biological studies of homosexuality, and the importance given such studies in current legal, legislative and cultural debates concerning gay civil rights.  However, scientific and popular literature discussing the biology of sexual orientation have been short-sighted in representing it as objective, new scientific work. This volume demonstrates that the quest for the biological "cause" of homosexuality and other sexualities is as old as the term itself.  These essays explore the active role experimental  subjects played in shaping scientific theories of homosexuality and cultural perceptions of sexuality and sexual identity.  Finally this anthology studies the way in which this doctor-patient interaction shaped not only scientific theories of homosexuality, but also cultural perceptions and self-identities as well.

 Contributors include: Garland E. Allen, Erin G. Carlston, Julian Carter, Alice D. Dreger, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Margaret Gibson, Stephanie Kenen, Hubert Kennedy, Harry Oosterhuis, James Steakley, Richard Pillard, Jennifer Terry

  

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Contents

Generic Nosralgias and
1
Huhert Kennedy Katl Heintich Ultichs Fitst Theotist of Homosexuality
26
The Trurh of the Gonads
46
Novelizing
89
Body Meraphors and Ametican
108
Magnus Hitschfeld and
133
Evolurionaty
155
Female Homosexuality
177
Srephanie H Kenen Who Counrs When Youre Counting Homosexuals?
197
Anne FaustoSrerling How to Build a Man
219
Pillatd The Seatch for a Generic Influence
226
Jennifer Terty The Seductive Power of Science in the Making
271
Nores on Conttihurors
297
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Vernon A. Rosario II, M.D. teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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