The Politics of Love: Sex Reformers and the Nonhuman (Paperback)

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The Politics of Love explores the entanglement of emotions, social movements, and science in reconfiguring human and nonhuman relations. As Darwin's evolutionary theory informed the development of sexual science and the sex reform movement between the 1890s and the 1920s, sex reformers emerged as a group of diverse and culturally influential professionals—doctors, psychologists, artists, political activists, novelists, and academics—who shared a profound commitment to changing the world by changing the practice of sex. Sex reformers reinvented love as a scientific practice of sex that brought humans and nonhumans into the fold of early-twentieth-century racial, gender, and sexual politics. Carla Christina Hustak illuminates how sex reformers' insistence that love can shift human and nonhuman relations is more than just a historical narrative—it is a moment in time interconnected with urgent contemporary concerns over the global implications of our emotional relationships to other humans, animals, the earth, and atmospheric and technological forces.

About the Author

Carla Christina Hustak is an independent historian of gender and sexuality in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain and the United States.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520395220
ISBN-10: 0520395220
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 238
Language: English