1st Edition

Scandinavian Homosexualities
Essays on Gay and Lesbian Studies

ISBN 9781560231110
Published June 8, 1998 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

Scandinavian Homosexualities offers non-Scandinavian readers a rare opportunity to explore the history, sociology, notions, experiences, and cultural politics of homosexuality in Scandinavian societies in English. This unique insight into some of the most advanced countries in regard to institutionalized civil rights for lesbians and gays will help you direct change and progress in your own country.

Chapters in Scandinavian Homosexualities draw from a range of theoretical and methodological strands to give you an overall picture of homosexuality in Scandinavian society. They cover a wide range of issues, including:

  • traditions and practices in the legal regulation of same-sex sexuality
  • the historically changing understanding of femininity and masculinity
  • physical, social, and cultural niches of same-sex desire and sexual conduct
  • theoretical approaches to individual experiences of sexual and erotic self

    In Scandinavian Homosexualities, you’ll come to see the cultural and social differences that exist between Scandinavian and Anglo-American societies. Specifically, you’ll see how differences in the culture of gender and sexuality may bear upon our scholarly theories and conceptualizations of homosexuality and on our analysis of sexual and gender politics. In many of the chapters there is, thus, an agenda to encourage comparisons among Western societies.

    The Scandinavian countries are among the most advanced in the world with regard to institutionalized civil rights of lesbians and gays. They are also, which is relevant for analyses of sexuality and homosexuality, societies where men and women are exceptionally equal in access to social, economic, and cultural resources. You can directly apply what you learn in Scandinavian Homosexualities of the cultural specificities of gender and sexuality in Scandinavian societies to your efforts to establish equality for same-sex relationships within your own culture.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Introduction: Sketching the Framework for a History and Sociology of Homosexualities in the Nordic Countries
  • Part I: Authority and Knowledge
  • State Policy, Popular Discourse, and the Silence on Homosexual Acts in Early Modern Sweden
  • A Premodern Legacy: The “Easy” Criminalization of Homosexual Acts Between Women in the Finish Penal Code of 1889
  • Creating Their Own Private and Public: The Male Homosexual Life Space in a Nordic City During High Modernity
  • The Power of Confession: The Role of the Criminal Law and Court Practices in the Production of Knowledge Concerning Sexuality Between Women: Finland in the 1950s
  • Part II: Experiences and Politics
  • A Dung Beetle in Distress: Hans Christian Andersen Meets Karl Maria Kertbeny, Geneva, 1860: Some Notes on the Archaelogy of Homosexuality and the Importance of Tuning
  • Identity, Place, and Erotic Community Within Gay Leather Culture in Stockholm
  • Dressing Up in Power: Tom of Finland and Gay Male Body Politics
  • The Ambiguity of Lesbian and Gay Marriages: Change and Continuity in the Symbolic Order
  • Gay and Lesbian Politics: Assimilation or Subversion: A Danish Perspective
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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