The Construction of Homosexuality

[BOOKS] ✭ The Construction of Homosexuality ✯ David F. Greenberg –
  • Paperback
  • 645 pages
  • The Construction of Homosexuality
  • David F. Greenberg
  • English
  • 04 January 2019
  • 9780226306285

About the Author: David F. Greenberg

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The Construction of HomosexualityAt Various Times, Homosexuality Has Been Considered The Noblest Of Loves, A Horrible Sin, A Psychological Condition Or Grounds For Torture And Execution David F Greenberg S Careful, Encyclopedic And Important New Book Argues That Homosexuality Is Only Deviant Because Society Has Constructed, Or Defined, It As Deviant The Book Takes Us Over Vast Terrains Of Example And Detail In The History Of Homosexuality Nicholas B Dirks, New York Times Book Review

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10 thoughts on “The Construction of Homosexuality

  1. David says:

    I found this book on my partner s bookshelf, having been prompted to read it by a Facebook exchange with an anti gay bigot who posited the author, David F Greenberg, as an ally of his, in that Greenberg purportedly argued that homosexuals choose to be that way, rather than being born that way.I was bemused, therefore, to start reading and discover immediately that this book is not about homosexuals per se Whether a homosexual is born or bred homosexual is mostly peripheral to Greenberg s argument The gist of the matter is that this is primarily a sociological survey, not a psychological or medical one To the sociologist, what people do is not significant until it becomes recognized by communities And how a community might perceive something does not necessarily reflect with much accuracy how it really is The point is that something has been made a phenomenon The task is to discover how it got to be made a phenomenon, and how that phenomenon is dealt with and talked about.This book is a survey of behavior through the ages that shares significant attributes with what is currently considered to be homosexual even though that definition is another can of worms The Construction of Homosexuality is concerned w...

  2. Reine says:

    It was a very good book At first I expected the book to be about homosexuals and the way they were represented, seen medically, in history along with gay rights in general However it was about finding the reasons why varying ancient societys saw homosexuals differently.Overall it explained why our society developed its current opinions on homosexuality Greenberg does this by using different communities and civilizations, showing that homosexuality isn t perceived as an invalid act until the civilization as a majority recognizes it as one, giving examples where being a homosexual can be seen as a sin, medical condition, or completely normal as he questions why these ancient civilizations came to these conclusions on how to view homosexuality.A part that I really liked was I the beginning of the book where Greenberg explains why homos...

  3. Iset says:

    This is slightly odd I know but this is not actually so much a review, as a correction of a major error that author David Greenberg made in this book hence why I am not star rating I m an academic with two degrees worth of study on the ancient Near East, and it came to my attention that this book is the source used by James Neill s The Origins and Role of Same Sex Relations in Human Societies which is then the source used by Wikipedia s article on the History of Homosexuality and other websites which are stating that Hammurabi was homosexual I am sorry if anyone out there is disappointed, but I did some digging and it turns out this isn t true.On pages 124 to 126, Greenberg states that King Zimri Lim of Mari and King Hammurabi of Babylon had male lovers, mentioning letters authored by Zimri Lim s wife, and sticks in a reference Moran, 1969 Bibliography tells me this is W L Moran, 1969, New Evidence from Mari on the History of Prophecy in the journal Biblica, volume 50, pages 15 56 After much searching for this very old journal entry, I found a copy in one of the online academic archive resources I sometimes use, gated past either payment or making an account What Moran presents is a translation of and commentary upon several ancient texts between King Zimri Lim of Mari and his wife, discussing the takings of omens by divination Many of the letters a...