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Author Edsall, Nicholas C.
Title Toward Stonewall : homosexuality and society in the modern western world / Nicholas C. Edsall.
Imprint Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2003.

Author Edsall, Nicholas C.
Subject Homosexuality -- Europe, Western -- History.
Homosexuality -- United States -- History.
Marginality, Social -- Europe, Western -- History.
Marginality, Social -- United States -- History.
Subculture -- Europe, Western -- History.
Subculture -- United States -- History.
Add Title Homosexuality and society in the modern western world
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 377 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-363) and index.
Contents Part 1: Making a subculture: Origins; Patterns of repression; Sodomy and the Enlightenment; Europe divided; Conclusion to Part 1 -- Part 2: Defining a subculture: Pioneers: The United States -- Pioneers: Germany; Pioneers: England; Wilde; Degeneracy and atavism; Purity and impurity; The cult of youth; Forster and Gide; Conclusion to Part 2 -- Part 3: Organizing a subculture; Between the wars; The making of a lesbian subculture; Homosexuality and psychiatry; False starts and new beginnings; Reaction; Outsiders abroad and at home; From Wolfenden to Stonewall -- Conclusion to Part 3.
Summary "Edsall's survey begins three hundred years ago in northwestern Europe, when homosexual subcultures recognizably similar to those of our own era began to emerge, and it follows their surprisingly diverse paths through the Enlightenment to the early nineteenth century. The book then turns to the Victorian era, tracing the development of articulate and self-aware homosexual subcultures. With a greater sense of identity and organization came new forms of resistance: this was the age that saw the persecution of Oscar Wilde, among others, as well as the medical establishment's labeling of homosexuality as a sign of degeneracy." "The book's final section locates the foundations of present-day gay subcultures in a succession of twentieth-century scenes and events - in pre-Nazi Germany, in the lesbian world of interwar Paris, in the law reforms of 1960s England - culminating in the emergence of popular movements in the postwar United States. Rather than examining these groups in isolation, the book considers them in their social contexts and as comparable to other subordinate groups and minority movements. In the process, Toward Stonewall illuminates not only the subcultures that are its primary subject but the larger societies from which they emerged"--Jacket.
ISBN 9780813923963 (electronic bk.)
0813923964 (electronic bk.)
0813922119 (alk. paper)
9780813922119 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 811406152
Additional Format Print version: Edsall, Nicholas C. Toward Stonewall. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2003 (DLC) 2002155966

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