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A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire, Volume 5

by Chiara Beccalossi

Chiara Beccalossi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, Australia, and author of Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Ivan Crozier

Ivan Crozier is Senior Lecturer in the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2011
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350049680
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-4968-0 (online)

    978-1-8478-8804-4 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-3919-9 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire
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The 19th Century saw intense urbanization, the development of a consumer culture, the formalization of gender roles, the solidification of class structures, and various encounters with the exotic customs of the colonies – all of which contributed to enhance sexual anxiety among the middle classes. In response, new social conventions, sanitary prescriptions, practices of self-control, and policies of sex regulation and education were developed as a means to control disorderly sexual behavior. At the same time, though an ideology based on sexual respectability was largely promoted throughout society, significant individuals and subcultures often challenged both the principle and the practice of such morality.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.