An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality by Jennifer Terry

By Jennifer Terry

Drawing on unique examine from clinical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person money owed, criminal situations, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured heritage of the way the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to altering American anxieties approximately social and sexual order within the glossy age.

Terry's overarching argument is compelling: that homosexuality served as a marker of the "abnormal" opposed to which malleable, tenuous, and sometimes contradictory thoughts of the "normal" have been outlined. one of many few histories to take into account homosexuality in either men and women, Terry's paintings additionally stands proud in its refusal to erase the enterprise of individuals labeled as irregular. She files the myriad ways in which gays, lesbians, and different sexual minorities have coauthored, resisted, and reworked the main robust and authoritative smooth truths approximately intercourse. providing this historical past as a "useable past," An American Obsession is an integral contribution to the learn of yank cultural history.

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