Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815

ISBN-10: 0801482534

ISBN-13: 9780801482533

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Authors: Isabel V. Hull
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Description: This long-awaited work reconstructs the ways in which the meanings and uses of sex changed during that important moment of political and social configuration viewed as the birth of modernity. Isabel V. Hull analyzes the shift in the "sexual system" which occurred in German-speaking Central Europe when the absolutist state relinquished its monopoly on public life and presided over the formation of an independent civil society. Hull defines a society's sexual system as the patterned way in which sexual behavior is shaped and given meaning through institutions. She shows that as the absolutist state encouraged an independent sphere of public activity, it gave up its theoretically unlimited right to regulate sexual behavior and invested this right in the active citizens of the new civil society. Among the questions posed by this political and social transformation are, When does sexual behavior merit society's regulation? What kinds of behaviors and groups prompt intervention? What interpretive framework does the public apply to sexual behavior? Hull persuades us that a culture's sexual system can be understood only in relation to the particularities of state, law, and society, and that when state and society are examined through the sexual lens, much conventional wisdom is cast in doubt.

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List price: $32.95
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 8/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 1.19" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Isabel V. Hull is John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University. She is the author of A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War , Absolute Destruction , and Sexuality, State and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815 , all from Cornell.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Church, Traditional Society, and the Regulation of Sex
The Absolutist States and the Regulation of Sex
Rethinking Regulation, 1740-1800
The Cameralist Theory of Civil Society
The Practitioners of Civil Society
The Sexual Self-Image of Civil Society
Thought Experiments
Pre-Napoleonic Liberals and the Sexual Determination of Rights
Morality and Law: Feuerbach's Reformed Criminal Code in Bavaria
Public and Private: The Code Napoleon in Baden
The Sexual Foundations of the Nineteenth Century
Bibliography
Index
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