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Sexuality in the (Nineteenth-Century) City: Practicing Class in Gotham’s Bedrooms

Author(s): James A Moore

Year: 2016

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Summary

Sexuality provides a powerful mechanism for patrolling the boundaries of socially constructed communities.   Imagined as a natural expression of basic human behavior, sexuality naturalizes social boundaries and marks them as immutable.  In the Nineteenth Century, the medical ills of the "overly-civilized" were identified as having a sexual basis.  Hysteria was given an etiology of too frequent sexual activity.  Education or business would interfere with the proper development of the uterus. For males, too frequent sexual activities could drain vital energies.  Continence was required for proper moral and physical development.  The division between the "overly-civilized" and others was defined by sexuality, fertility and moral character.  This division entangled with ethnicity, class and race called for a materiality that provided both a scaffolding and a façade.  The materiality of these practices is expressed across Gotham in the number and configuration of bedrooms used by the family, and at times, servants and staff.


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Sexuality in the (Nineteenth-Century) City: Practicing Class in Gotham’s Bedrooms. James A Moore. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434545)


Keywords

General
class Sexuality Urban

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 825

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America