Jeffrey Weeks has established an international reputation as one of the most original and influential writers on the social history of sexuality. This new book brings together some of his most important work on the changing patterns of our sexual and intimate lives today.
The first part of the book discusses writers on sexuality, from Havelock Ellis to more recent influential thinkers such as Michel Foucault. Jeffrey Weeks gives an account of the social and political context in which they wrote, and assesses how their work has shaped our concepts of sexuality and intimacy. The second part of the book explores the ways in which sociologists and historians have been rethinking sexuality, and how 'the erotic' is being reinvented by new sexual and social movements. He examines the impact of AIDS as well as the gradual changes which have transformed personal lives in this century, and concludes with a review of attitudes and ideas at the end of the millennium.
This highly accessible text will be of interest to specialists and students in the areas of sociology and social theory, and history, as well as all those working in the area of gender studies who are concerned with issues of sexuality and intimate life.
"For more than two decades, internationally acclaimed British theorist and historian, Jeffrey Weeks, has been making sexual histories of the most inspirational, intelligent and incisive sort. This magnificent selection of essays on subjects ranging from sexual science to queer theory, from moral panics to sexual solidarities distils the cumulative wisdom and distinctive vision that permeate his substantial oeuvre. With sobered, but sustaining, optimism, Weeks meticulously guides readers through the intellectual and social thickets of the wild and wondrous landscape of the last century of modern Western sexual history, theory and politics. Transcending the fractious polarities of contemporary sexual ideologies, this lucid, accessible book convincingly models its author's central thesis: one of the crucial ways we make sexual history is by thinking and writing new sexual ethics, imaginations and practices into existence. "Making Sexual History" "goes all the way" to write new sexual and social thrills into our lives as we face the new millennium." "Judith Stacey, Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies, University of Southern California"
"Jeff Weeks is the doyen of history of sexuality in Britain. His 1979 volume "Sex, Politics and Society "remains a foundational text. Indeed the historian working in this field in modern Britain sometimes feels that any contribution made is no more than a footnote to Weeks or an expansion of points he has already made."Making Sexual History "presents a broad range of Week's writings, gathered from a range of material previously published in diverse locations between 1977 and 1999" "Lesley A. Hall, Wellcome Library for the Historyand Understanding of Medicine, Midland History"