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Measuring ManhoodRace and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934$
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Melissa N. Stein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673025

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673025.001.0001

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Inverts, Perverts, and Primitives

Inverts, Perverts, and Primitives

Racial Thought and the American School of Sexology

(p.169) Chapter 3 Inverts, Perverts, and Primitives
Measuring Manhood

Melissa N. Stein

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter three demonstrates that racial science and sexology were not separate fields in America. Rather, they shared the same key scientists, whose assessments of the causes of “perversion” broke down along racial lines. These scientists characterized “perversion” among non-whites as vice, indicative of the group’s degeneracy, and among whites, symptomatic of individual pathology.

Keywords:   scientific racism, racialized science, sexology, perversion, American studies, gender studies, culture and race

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