This study, originally published in 1977, demonstrates that a change in mentality in the nineteenth-century drifted from traditional sexual controls and allowed them greater sexual freedom and indulgence. The process occurred in such a way that the proletariat never considered whether their newly found sexual liberation might be in conflict with the moral teachings of the Church. This title will be of interest to students of history and religion.
Introduction; 1. The Secularism 2. Proletarian Sexuality 3. Proletarian Families 4. Popular Culture: Religion 5. Popular Culture: Dancing 6. Piety and Permissiveness in France 7. Popular Religion at a Crossroad 8. Conclusion: Religion and Change; Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Reissuing works originally published between 1973 and 1997, Routledge Library Editions: 19th Century Religion (18 volumes) offers a selection of scholarship covering historical developments in religious thinking. Topics include the origin of Catholicism in America, sexual liberation and religion in Europe, and the emergence of Atheism in Victorian England. This set also includes collections of sermons and essays from some of the most influential preachers of the nineteenth century.