The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction


      The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
Michel Foucault offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the questions of what we are to what our sexuality is. Download The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction Author Michel Foucault – tbjewellers.co.uk

Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas He held a chair at the Coll ge de France with the title History of Systems of Thought, but before he was Professor at University of Tunis, Tunisia, and then Professor at University Paris VIII He lectured at several different Universities over the world as at the University at Buffalo, the University of California, Berkeley and University of S o Paulo, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison system, as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles In the 1960s Foucault was associated with structuralism, a movement from which he distanced himself Foucault also rejected the poststructuralist and postmodernist labels later attributed to him, preferring to classify his thought as a critical history of modernity rooted in Immanuel Kant Foucault s project was particularly influenced by Nietzsche, his genealogy of knowledge being a direct allusion to Nietzsche s genealogy of morality In a late interview he definitively stated I am a Nietzschean Foucault was listed as the most cited scholar in the humanities in 2007 by the ISI Web of Science.

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  • 176 pages
  • The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
  • Michel Foucault
  • English
  • 01 August 2018
  • 0679724699

10 thoughts on “ The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction

  1. says:

    This is a perfect example of the kind of writing characterised by Clive James as prose that scorns the earth for fear of a puncture Foucault may be able to think it s not easy to tell but he certainly can t write.Everywhere there is an apparent desire to render a simple thought impenetrable When he wants to suggest that the modern world has imposed on us a great variety in the ways we talk about sex, he must refer to a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse When he This is a perfect example of the kind of writing characterised by Clive James as prose that scorns the earth for fear of a puncture Foucault may be able to think it s not easy to tell but he certainly can t write.Everywhere there is an apparent desire to render a simple tho...

  2. says:

    The History of my Sexuality At age five, I developed an affection for my babysitter It is unclear if this was at all latent to any form of sexuality, merely friendship, or the product of society s exertion of power over my perceptions in regard to sexuality which taint the ideas I have of childhood relations through the lens of my memories At a young age I had a recurring nightmare which kept me often awake, that my father was chasing me around a tundra, riding a polar bear It is unclear The History of my Sexuality At age five, I developed an affection for my babysitter It is unclear if this was at all latent to any form of sexuality, merely friendship, or the product of society s exertion ...

  3. says:

    The History of Sexuality is not really a history of sexuality It is rather a genealogical study of a specific historical, political discursive construction called sexuality a construction that has been deployed since its inception to police bodies and to service the social, political economic exigencies of power Foucault begins by questioning why we so ardently believe that our sexuality is repressed why we think confessing our sex is a liberatory or even revolutionary The History of Sexuality is not really a history of sexuality It is rather a genealogical study of a specific historical, political discursive construction called sexuality a construction that has been deployed since its inception to police bodies and to service the social, political economic exigencies of power Foucault begins by questioning why we so ardently believe that our sexuality is repressed why we think confessing our sex is a liberatory or even revolutionary activity Unlike most people writing in the 70 s, he did not think confessing the secrets of our se...

  4. says:

    Disappointing, esp after reading a masterpiece like Discipline and Punish This book consists of a serious of loosely connected, and individually incomplete meditations on various topics, that are intended to serve not very successfully, imo as a prolgomena to a history of sexuality Indeed, the project was abandoned what was eventually publishd as vols 2 3 was part of a newly and differently conceived project begun several years later , proving that the current work was a failure It Disappointing, esp after reading a masterpiece like Discipline and Punish This book consists of a serious of loosely connected, and individually incomplete meditations on various topics, that are intended to serve not very successfully, imo as a prolgomena to a history of sexuality Indeed, the project was abandoned what was eventually publishd as vols 2 3 was part of a newly and differently conceived project begun several years later , proving that the current work was a failure It should not have been published, and one can assume that MF may have felt the pressure to come out with another book fast to capitalize on the success of DP.Parts I III contain suggestive hints on the relation of sex in the formation of the Self whereas for Freud, th...

  5. says:

    um what can i say about this book that hasnt already been said i read it my second year of college and it blew my mind, and in a good way, unlike kant, who made me cry actual tears in overwhelming frustration foucaults ability to trace the burgeoning relationship between science and sexuality, the changes in the ways of perceiving a womans body, the notion of the creation of a sexuality, and, of course, the dynamics of power and discourse, are nothing short of brilliant in this classic um what can i say about this book that hasnt already been said i read it my second year of college and it blew my mind, and in a good way, unlike kant, who made me cry actual tears in overwhelming frustration foucaults ability to trace the burgeoning relationship between science and sexuality, the changes in the ways of perceiving a womans body, the notion of the creation of a sexuality, and, of course, the dynamics of power and discourse, are nothing short of brilliant in this classic study of post...

  6. says:

    A muchdifficult Foucault and not nearly as interesting as his history of madness He seems to take a long time to get started and does seem to repeat himself an awful lot All the same, the ideas around the difference between Western and Eastern notions of sexuality are well with thinking about Essentially Eastern sexuality is an erotic thing something understood through experience Western sexuality is scientific in the sense that it only makes sense once we can talk about it A muchdifficult Foucault and not nearly as interesting as his history of madness He seems to take a long time to get started and does seem to repeat himself an awful lot All the same, the ideas around the difference between Western and Eastern notions of sexuality are well with thinking about Essentially Eastern sexuality is an ero...

  7. says:

    The aim of this series of studies To transcribe into history the fable of Les Bijoux indiscrets Among its many emblems, our society wears that of the talking sex In the space of a few centuries, a certain inclination has led us to direct the question of who we are, to sex The West has managed to bring us almost entirely our bodies, our mind...

  8. says:

    I was unsure how many stars to give it, but after reading the critiques of it by some readers I need to give it a lot of stars because the critiques just don t make sense It does lose a star from this subjective and biased reader for consistantly using terms like man and men for humans even though there IS an awareness of misogyny in the history I do think the author could have worded that better quite probab...

  9. says:

    In the words of my professor, we re living in a post Foucauldian world, so this will seem really self evident, but that doesn t mean its right Coming from that angle, I ve been reading from a very critical position I like Foucault s thesis and his examination seems pretty exhaustive, at least historically I m really caught on the discussion of the bourgeoisie and proletariat sexual bodies Foucault s statement that the technology of sexuality and proliferation of sexual power discourses In the words of my professor, we re living in a post Foucauld...

  10. says:

    Reassessed, in light of re reading Gender Trouble Author lays down the gauntlet against received wisdom that sexual liberty was destroyed by the monotonous nights of the Victorian bourgeoisie 3 , wherein silence became the rule, a single locus of sexuality was acknowledged in social space, and proper demeanor avoided contact with other bodies and verbal decency sanitized one s speech id In this system of taboo, nonexistence, and silence 5 , there was surreptitious transfer of Reassessed, in ligh...

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