The Construction of Homosexuality
University of Chicago Press, 2008 M10 29 - 645 pages
"At various times, homosexuality has been considered the noblest of loves, a horrible sin, a psychological condition or grounds for torture and execution. David F. Greenberg's careful, encyclopedic and important new book argues that homosexuality is only deviant because society has constructed, or defined, it as deviant. The book takes us over vast terrains of example and detail in the history of homosexuality."—Nicholas B. Dirks, New York Times Book Review
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Deviance theorists have attempted to do this by conceiving of society as divided
into distinct groups: classes, races, religions, ethnic groups, ... In pursuit of its
interests, one group may seek to define the activities of another group as deviant.
On the other hand, when a group thinks its morals should serve as a standard for
others, it may try to persuade or coerce ... What ensues, then, is a “deviance
contest” whose outcome depends on the relative power of the two (or more)
Yet that was hardly necessary, for in some groups that had berdaches, it was
possible for young men to avoid combat without becoming one." In a number of
groups, berdaches fought along with male-identified men, or accompanied them
As the choice did not threaten any value that was critical to the well-being of the
group as a whole, there was no reason to ... That some Indian groups had
difficulty conceiving of women adopting male identities is suggested by the
response of ...
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This sociological history seeks to understand societal response to homosexuality. Part 1 is a primarily anthropological exploration of homosexuality from earliest history through feudalism; part 2 ... Read full review
Disregard the previous reviewer. Non-consensual sex is vastly different from homosexuality and should not be conflated with it. The author has clearly linked their sources, so the accusations of 'made-up' data are false. It takes an anthropologist, and not a tourist, to keenly observe and realize the different genders, roles, and structure of a tribe. There is nothing rational about advocating for the maltreatment of homosexuals. The previous reviewer has carefully hand-picked sources that fits their narrative, and has yet to prove how non-consensual sex and sex are one and the same. The author is labeled a "biased gay", as if he had no right to defend himself and the premise.
The desire to control people is a personality disorder, and should be treated as such.
Part II The Construction of Modern Homosexuality
Under the Sign of Sociology