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Author Surkis, Judith, author

Title Sexing the citizen : morality and masculinity in France, 1870-1920 / Judith Surkis
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 277 pages) : illustrations
Contents Moral education, the family, and the state -- Liberal discipline -- Wasted youth -- Life and the mind -- The limits of desire -- The sacralization of heterosexuality -- Venereal consciousness and society -- Hygienic citizens
Summary "How did marriage come to be seen as the foundation and guarantee of social stability in Third Republic France? In Sexing the Citizen, Judith Surkis shows how masculine sexuality became central to the making of a republican social order. Marriage, Surkis argues, affirmed the citizen's masculinity, while also containing and controlling his desires. This ideal offered a specific response to the problems -- individualism, democratization, and rapid technological and social change -- associated with France's modernity
This cultural and intellectual history provides new insights into how concerns about sexuality shaped the Third Republic's pedagogical projects. Surkis's analyses of republican moral philosophy and Emile Durkheim's sociology illustrate the cultural weight of these concerns and provide an account of modern French thinking about society. More broadly, Sexing the Citizen illuminates how sexual norms continue to shape the meaning of citizenship"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-270) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Durkheim, Émile, 1858-1917.
Sexual Behavior -- history.
Gender Identity.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Marriage -- history.
Citizenship -- France -- History.
Marriage -- Moral and ethical aspects -- France -- History.
Marriage -- Political aspects -- France -- History.
Masculinity -- Moral and ethical aspects -- France -- History.
Masculinity -- Political aspects -- France -- History.
Sex role -- Moral and ethical aspects -- France -- History.
Sex role -- Political aspects -- France -- History.
France -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501729993 (electronic bk.)
9781501729997 (electronic bk.)