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Vita SexualisKarl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science$
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Ralph M. Leck

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040009

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040009.001.0001

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Motifs in Sexual Science

Motifs in Sexual Science

(p.1) Chapter 1 Motifs in Sexual Science
Vita Sexualis

Ralph M. Leck

University of Illinois Press

This chapter places Ulrichs' scholarship within the larger constellation of sexual science. The major motifs discussed here include: the methodology of the case study, debates as to whether sexual research should become public knowledge or remain sequestered among experts, the civic meaning of discourses of nature, Ulrichs' influence on British sexologists, and an explanation of how the story of sexual science is altered by a narrative that commences with and centers around Ulrichs' legacy. The chapter shows how examinations of Ulrichs' political and scientific innovations are a wedge opening new insights into the history of sexual science, legal systems, and Western amatory codes.

Keywords:   Karl Ulrichs, sexual science, sexual research, British sexologists, legal systems, Western amatory codes

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