The Construction of Homosexuality by David F. GreenbergThe Construction of Homosexuality by David F. Greenberg

The Construction of Homosexuality

byDavid F. Greenberg


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"At various times, homosexuality has been considered the noblest of loves, a horrible sin, a psychological condition or grounds for torture and execution. David F. Greenberg's careful, encyclopedic and important new book argues that homosexuality is only deviant because society has constructed, or defined, it as deviant. The book takes us over vast terrains of example and detail in the history of homosexuality."—Nicholas B. Dirks, New York Times Book Review
Title:The Construction of HomosexualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:645 pages, 9.25 × 6.62 × 1.6 inPublisher:University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226306283

ISBN - 13:9780226306285


Table of Contents

1. Theorizing the Prohibition against Homosexuality
Part I. Before Homosexuality
2. Homosexual Relations in Kinship-Structured Societies
3. Inequality and the State: Homosexual Innovations in Archaic Civilizations
4. Early Civilizations: Variations on Homosexual Themes
5. Sexual Asceticism in the Ancient World
6. Feudalism
Part II. The Construction of Modern Homosexuality
7. Repression and the Emergence of Subcultures
8. The Rise of Market Economies
9. The Medicalization of Homosexuality
10. Bureaucracy and Homosexuality
11. Gay Liberation
Epilogue: Under the Sign of Sociology

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In a work of unprecedented scope, Greenberg provides a cross-cultural and transhistorical account of the social organization of homosexuality, the ways it is perceived, and how cultures respond to it.