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By John Dececco Phd,William Peniston

learn how a group of help in Nineteenth-Century Paris turned a blueprint for contemporary sexual identity!

a distinct social historical past, Pederasts and Others: city tradition and Sexual id in Nineteenth-Century Paris is a helpful addition to the becoming box of homosexual and lesbian stories. The ebook examines the interplay among the city's male gay way of life and Parisian authority figures who tried to take care of political and social order through the early years of the French 3rd Republic by utilizing legislation opposed to public indecency and sexual attack to regard same-sex sexuality as a criminal offense. confronted with a continuing cycle of surveillance, harassment, and arrest, the city's homosexual males survived the adverse city atmosphere via forming a group of help that had a common and lasting impression at the improvement of contemporary sexual identities.

Pederasts and Others: city tradition and Sexual identification in Nineteenth-Century Paris is predicated on a statistical research of greater than 800 working-class and middle-class males who have been arrested or investigated by way of Parisian police among 1873 and 1879. Their tales, awarded via lengthy and brief case stories, characterize approximately 2,000 names recorded by means of police in “Pederasts and Others,” a ledger detailing the arrests of male homosexuals for public offenses opposed to decency and different minor offenses. (The time period “pederast” pointed out these suspected of same-sex sexual intercourse, no longer the trendy definition that exhibits gay kin with a minor.) The ledger entries show particular conduct, attitudes, values, and features approximately those males that set them apart—the comparable characteristics that pointed out them as a part of a group in accordance with their habit and relationships.

Pederasts and Others: city tradition and Sexual identification in Nineteenth-Century Paris examines:

  • the forces of authority
  • the legislation relating to same-sex sexual habit
  • the position of the police
  • the position of the magistrates
  • the function of the medical professionals
  • the typical features of the city's male gay way of life
  • the sexual behaviors of the Paris underground
  • the geography of the subculture

and takes an accelerated examine 3 case studies:

  • “A Decadent Aristocrat and A antisocial Boy”
  • “Pederasts, Prostitutes, and Pickpockets”
  • “Love and dying in homosexual Paris”

Pederasts and Others: city tradition and Sexual identification in Nineteenth-Century Paris additionally comprises tables, appendices, and maps associated with statistical information. The publication is an important source for historians, sociologists, sexologists, criminologists, and different students operating within the fields of homosexual and lesbian reviews, city experiences, social and cultural heritage, and French history.

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