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Description - The History Of Sexuality, by Michel Foucault

Why has there been such an explosion of discussion about sex in the West since the 17th century? This discourse gathered momentum in the Victorian age which, Foucault argues, was not repressive in the way we commonly imagine. Now, with sexuality continually under scrutiny, many people suppose that we are becoming more liberated, less repressed. Is this really so? This controversial account, by one of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century, explores the evolving social, economic and political forces that have shaped our attitudes to sex and shows we are in the process of making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire rather than the increase of pleasure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140268683
ISBN-10: 0140268685
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world. Social scientist and historian of ideas, Foucault was Profesor of History of Systems of Thought at the College de France. He wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews, and edited Critique. Among his many publications are Madness and Civilisation (1961); The Archaeology of Knowledge (1972); The Birth of the Clinic (1973); Discipline and Punish (1975); and three volumes of The History of Sexuality- Volume One, The Will To Knowledge (1976); Volume Two- The Use of Pleasure (1984); and Volume Three- The Care of the Self (1984). Many of his books are published by Penguin. Ethics and Aesthetics, the first and second parts of a three volume Essential Works of Michael Foucault, were recently published by Penguin. Power, part three, was recently published by Allen Lane. Professor Foucault died in 1994.

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