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Author Smith, Nicola Jo-Anne,
Title Capitalism's sexual history / Nicola J. Smith.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Author Smith, Nicola Jo-Anne,
Series Oxford studies in gender and international relations
Oxford studies in gender and international relations.
Subject Prostitution -- Great Britain -- History.
Sex -- Economic aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Capitalism -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Queer theory.
Feminist theory.
Description 1 online resource (191 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Queer Political Economy -- The Rise of a New Sexual Order -- Sex, Work, and the Victorians -- Buying Love in the Twentieth Century -- Deviant Heterosexuality in Austere Times.
Summary "What is the relationship between capitalism and sexuality, and why are they so often assumed to be antithetical? The book interrogates these questions by bringing together insights from two fields that have often overlooked each other, international political economy and queer theory. It develops a queer political economy lens to understand how the history of capitalism has been intimately entangled with the history of sexuality. Yet central to this story has been the construction of sexuality as something that needs to be protected from capitalism's adulterating influence at all costs. As the author examines, this is no accident since capitalism profits greatly from the illusion that economic and sexual relations exist in distinct realms that can and must be kept apart. Focusing on the specific site of sex work in Britain, the volume draws on wide-ranging archival research to chart a genealogy of capitalist development from the Middle Ages to the present day. It shows that capitalism has long been organized around the extraction of unpaid sexual labor that, in turn, has been made possible by the creation and maintenance of a dualism between sex and work. By exposing the historical mechanisms through which the economy/sexuality dichotomy has been constituted, the book opens up new space for critical enquiry into the intersections between sex, work, and economic and sexual injustice"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 20, 2020).
ISBN 9780197530290 electronic book
019753029X electronic book
9780197530283 (electronic bk.)
0197530281 (electronic bk.)
9780197530276 hardcover
OCLC # 1155485196
Additional Format Print version: Smith, Nicola Jo-Anne. Capitalism's sexual history New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020] 9780197530276 (DLC) 2020012845

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