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Anthropology and Sexual Morality

A Theoretical Investigation

Carles Salazar

208 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-091-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (January 2006)

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The history of sexual morality in Ireland has been traditionally associated with repression. In the last two decades, however, repression seems to have given way to its exact opposite. But where did this “repression” originate? And how can we account for this sudden and sweeping transformation in sexual mores? Based on solid ethnographic and historical analysis of sexual morality in rural Ireland, augmented by comparative data from Papua New Guinea, and being informed by from Freud’s emblematic concept of repression, the author draws new conclusions that not only apply to the specific case of his Irish material but shed new light on the specific nature of an anthropological approach to the study of human societies.

Carles Salazar is lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Lleida. He gained his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, and has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Ireland and Catalonia. His main research has been focused on different aspects of Irish society and culture: rural economy, religious beliefs, family organization and history of sexual morality. He has also done research on the history of anthropology and on the cultural understanding of biomedicine and genetics among infertile couples in Barcelona. His latest publications include the book A Sentimental Economy (Berghahn Books, 1996).

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific Europe



Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: APPROACHES TO HUMAN SEXUALITY

Chapter 1. Sex in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Chapter 2. Freud and the Repressive Hypothesis
Chapter 3. Foucault: Sex as Culture

PART II: POWER, MEANING AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE: AN IRISH CASE-STUDY

Chapter 4. Irish Sexual Morality and Family Systems
Chapter 5. Functionalist Dilemmas
Chapter 6. The Peculiarities of Irish Demography
Chapter 7. Imagining Sexuality: History as a Cognitive System
Chapter 8. Coercion and Meaning
Chapter 9. Disciplinary Regimes in the History of Irish Sexuality

PART III: ANTHROPOLOGICAL REMARKS

Chapter 10. Clarifying the Culture Concept
Chapter 11. Intersubjectivity Revisited
Chapter 12. Subjectification and Interpretation

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

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