- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679724699
- ISBN-13: 978-0679724698
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction Reissue Edition
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Foucault represents four distinct areas of concern developing in the 18th century (France?) as mechanisms for advancing power and knowledge of sex. These categories are; the hysterization of women’s bodies, pedagogization of children’s sex, psychiatrization of perverse pleasure, and socialization of procreative behavior. All these themes are developed and expanded in this work. His view point seems to be rather narrow and myopic from a historical basis. I was hoping for a more rounded approach to the subject.