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An American obsession : science, medicine, and homosexuality in modern society

Author: Jennifer Terry
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on original research from medical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person accounts, legal cases, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a history of how the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order in the modern age." "Terry's overarching argument is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Terry
ISBN: 0226793664 9780226793665 0226793672 9780226793672
OCLC Number: 40996056
Description: xiv, 537 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Modernity and the vexing presence of homosexuals --
Medicalizing homosexuality --
United States of perversion --
Progressive science in search of sexual normality --
Fluid sexes --
Committee for the study of sex variants --
Sex variant subjects --
Policing homosexuality --
Disease or way of life? --
Parents, strangers, and other dangers --
Fear of a world conspiracy --
Discerning allies and enemies.
Responsibility: Jennifer Terry.
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