The History of Sexuality Vol. I

An Introduction: The Will to Knowledge

Michel Foucault     1976     168p     5 x 8

According to Foucault, by the 19th-century, when capitalism and industrialization had allowed for the development of a dominant bourgeois social class, discourse on sex was not suppressed, but in fact proliferated. Bourgeois society ‘put into operation an entire machinery for producing true discourses’ surrounding sex, perhaps believing that it harbored a ‘fundamental secret’ that had to be learned.

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