A Global History of SexualityThe Modern Era
A Global History of Sexuality provides a provocative, wide-ranging introduction to the history of sexuality from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Explores what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals over the last 200 years Organized around four major themes: the formation of sexual identity, the regulation of sexuality by societal norms, the regulation of sexuality by institutions, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization Examines the topic from a comparative, global perspective, with well-chosen case studies to illuminate the broader themes Includes interdisciplinary contributions from prominent historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality studies scholars Introduces important theoretical concepts in a clear, accessible way
Notes on Contributors vii Acknowledgments ix Maps x 1 Introduction 1 Robert M. Buffington 2 Sexuality and the Nation-State 17 Sabine Frühstück 3 Sexuality and Modern Imperialism 57 Mytheli Sreenivas 4 Sex and Disease from Syphilis to AIDS 89 Laura J. McGough and Katherine E. Bliss 5 Sexuality and International Migration 119 Eithne Luibhéid 6 Sex Trafficking 151 Robert M. Buffington and Donna J. Guy 7 Sexuality and Mass Media 195 Hai Ren 8 Sexuality and the Contemporary World: Globalization and Sexual Rights 221 Richard Parker, Jonathan Garcia, and Robert M. Buffington Index 261
“Each essay draws on an impressive array of secondary sources and the authors’ own primary research to highlight how the discourses and practices of sexuality that most people take for granted are in fact expressions of global, socially constructed, and historically contingent patterns.” (H-Histsex, March 2015)
Robert Buffington is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His books include Criminal and Citizen in Modern Mexico (2000), Reconstructing Criminality in Modern Latin America (co-edited with Carlos Aguirre, 2000), Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History (with Don Coerver and Suzanne Pasztor, 2004), True Stories of Crime in Modern Mexico (co-edited with Pablo Piccato, 2009), and Keen’s Latin American Civilization, 9th edition (co-edited with Lila Caimari, 2009). Eithne Luibhéid is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (2002) and Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (2013), as well as co-editor of Queer Migration: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings (2005). Donna J. Guy is Distinguished Professor of Humanities and History at Ohio State University. Her publications include Feminisms and Internationalism (co-edited with Mrinalini Sinha and Angela Woollacott, Blackwell, 2000), White Slavery and Mothers Alive and Dead (2000)and Women Build the Welfare State: Performing Charity and Creating Rights in Argentina, 1880-1955 (2009).
A Global History of Sexuality provides a provocative, wide-ranging introduction to the history of sexuality from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Contributions written by prominent historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality studies scholars combine to provide the very best and most recent research into what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals in modern times. Chapters are organized around four interrelated processes: the formation of sexual identities, the regulation of sexuality by societal norms, the regulation of sexuality by institutions, and the intersection of sexuality with global/transnational processes. Within these areas they address a range of topics including sexuality and the nation-state; sexuality and modern imperialism; sexuality and the contemporary world; sex and disease; sexuality and international migration; sex trafficking; and sexuality and mass media. Each chapter takes a world view, exploring global processes and including explicit comparisons between countries and regions. Grounded in the latest research on the history of sexuality in the modern world, and using specific case studies to illuminate broader trends, the book is written in an accessible style suitable for general readers, including undergraduate university students.
"In the contemporary world, we teach courses on the history of sexuality without attending to global processes at our peril. A Global History of Sexuality is just what the doctor ordered. With its wide-ranging chapters, accessible style, and introduction of important theoretical concepts, the volume introduces undergraduates (and interested others) to the ways sexuality has shaped the nation-state, imperialism, epidemics, migration, sex trafficking, the mass media, and sexual rights. This is a wonderful resource for the classroom and beyond." —Leila J. Rupp, University of California, Santa Barbara "This is truly a global history of modern sexuality. The chapters are organized around the processes and movements that transcend the borders of the nation state and thus allow us to understand the regulation, production, and dissemination of sexualities in broader historical perspective. By bringing this history into the present, the authors also open a window on the complex issues that confront sex activists and national and international policymakers." —Robert A. Nye, Oregon State University