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Magnus Hirschfeld and the Quest for Sexual Freedom A History of the First International Sexual Freedom Movement

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ISBN-10: 0230104266

ISBN-13: 9780230104266

Edition: 2010

Authors: Elena Mancini

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Against the late nineteenth-century European trend of theoretical elaborations of negative homosexual stereotypes and the legal persecution of homosexuals, German-Jewish sexologist, Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) introduced a scientific-humanistic approach to homosexual emancipation. Radical from the outset, his pioneering theorizations of gender overturned the dual sex system and revealed the artificiality of gender. Beyond destabilizing traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity and substantiating the naturalness of such phenomena as homosexual, intersexed, and transgendered identities, Hirschfeld deployed his theories to serve as the basis of his steadfast and influential campaign for the decriminalization of homosexuality and an international sexual freedom movement that championed the principal causes of the women's movement and the rights of all sexual minorities. Integrating the predominant cultural, scientific, and political discourses during Hirschfeld's lifetime, Elena Mancini illuminates Hirschfeld's cosmopolitan and classical liberal stance and allows him to emerge as more than a homosexual theorist and activist, but - through his opposition to fascism and all sexual and racial hierarchies - as a humanist and an inspiration for the present.
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Book details

List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 204
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Early Years and Cultural Context
Hirschfeld's University Years, Early Travels, and Encounters with the Literary World
Urban Culture and Homosexuality
Jewish Identity and Medicine
Evolution of Hirschfeld's Scientific Outlook
Research Methods and Philosophy
Hirschfeld and the Importance of Sexology
The Third Sex Theory and its Cultural and Scientific Reception
Sexual Intermediacy and Transvestitism
Hirschfeld and Psychoanalysis
Hirschfeld and Degeneracy
Hirschfeld as a Clinician
Politics, War, and Activism
Hirschfeld, the Social Democrats, and Wilhelmine Sexual Politics
Homosexuality and the Politics of Effeminacy in Wilhelmine Germany: The Liebenberg Affair
Misogyny and the Anti-feminist Substrate of Homophobia
Hirschfeld and the Women's Movement
Hirschfeld and World War I
The Weimar Years
The Ernst R�hm Affair
Panhumanistic Cosmopolitianism, Exile, and Final Years
World Voyage and Sexual Ethnography
Jewish Identity and Race Discourse
Exile and Final Years
Epilogue
Chronology of Hirschfeld's Life
On Paragraph 175: A History of Germany's Anti-homosexual Law
Notes
Bibliography
Index