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Title Devotions and desires : histories of sexuality and religion in the twentieth-century United States / edited by Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White.
Imprint Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]

Subject Religion and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Americans -- Sexual behavior -- History -- 20th century.
Sex customs -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sex -- United States -- Religious aspects -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Religion -- History -- 20th century.
Alt Name Frank, Gillian,
Moreton, Bethany,
White, Heather Rachelle, 1974-
Description 1 online resource (ix, 303 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents More than missionary : doing the histories of religion and sexuality together/ Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White -- Winnifred Wygal's flock : same-sex desire and Christian faith in the 1920s / Kathi Kern -- Subversive spiritualities : yoga's complex role in the narrative of sex and religion in the twentieth-century United States / Andrea R. Jain -- Purity and population : American Jews, marriage, and sexuality / Rebecca L. Davis -- Sex is holy and mysterious : the vision of early twentieth-century Catholic sex education reformers / James P. McCartin -- Real true buds : celibacy and same-sex desire across the color line in Father Divine's peace mission movement / Judith Weisenfeld -- Sexual diplomacy : U.S. Catholics' transnational anti-birth control activism in postwar Japan / Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci -- Modernizing decency : citizens for decent literature and covert Catholic activism in Cold War America / Whitney Strub -- Family planning is a Christian duty : religion, population control, and the pill in the 1960s / Samira K. Mehta -- From women's rights to religious freedom : the Women's League for Conservative Judaism and the politics of abortion, 1970-1982 / Rachel Kranson -- Fascinating and happy : Mormon women, the LDS church, and the politics of sexual conservatism / Neil J. Young -- The making of gay and lesbian rabbis in reconstructionist Judaism, 1979-1992 / Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub -- Founding new Sodom : radical gay communalist spirituality, 1973-1976 / Daniel Rivers -- We who must die demand a miracle : Christmas 1989 at the metropolitan community church of San Francisco / Lynne Gerber.
Note Print version record.
Summary At a moment when 'freedom of religion' rhetoric fuels public debate, it is easy to assume that sex and religion have faced each other in pitched battle throughout modern U.S. history. Yet, by tracking the nation's changing religious and sexual landscapes over the twentieth century, this text challenges that zero-sum account of sexuality locked in a struggle with religion. It shows that religion played a central role in the history of sexuality in the United States, shaping sexual politics, communities, and identities.
ISBN 9781469636276 (electronic bk.)
1469636271 (electronic bk.)
9781469636283 (electronic bk.)
146963628X (electronic bk.)
9781469636252 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781469636269 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 1022760767
Additional Format Print version: Devotions and desires. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2018 (DLC) 2017030398 (OCoLC)992580602


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