Science and Homosexuality
Edited by Vernon A. Rosario
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Science and Homosexuality by Vernon A. Rosario
Book DescriptionScience 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415915021
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shows that the quest for the biological 'cause' of homosexuality and other sexualities is as old as the term itself and explores the active role experimental subjects played in shaping cultural perceptions of sexuality.
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Author Biography - Vernon A. Rosario
Vernon A. Rosario II, M.D. teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
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