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The ploy of instinct : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance

Title
The ploy of instinct : Victorian sciences of nature and sexuality in liberal governance / Kathleen Frederickson.
ISBN
9780823266395 (ebook) :
Edition
First edition.
Publication
New York : Fordham University Press, [2014]
Copyright Notice Date
©2014
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 218 pages).
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Summary
It is paradoxical that instinct became a central term for late Victorian sexual sciences as they were elaborated in the medicalized spaces of confession and introspection, given that instinct had long been defined in its opposition to self-conscious thought. The book argues that this paradox emerges as a result (and a cause) of changes to how instinct operates as a mechanism for governmentality as it helps gloss over contradictions in British liberalism that had been made palpable as writers around the turn of the twentieth century grappled with the legacy of Enlightenment humanism.
Variant and related titles
Fordham scholarship online.
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Print version
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 05, 2016
Series
Forms of living.
Forms of living
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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