Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226732565 Published November 2003
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226732572 Published November 2003

Sinners and Citizens

Bestiality and Homosexuality in Sweden, 1880-1950

Jens Rydström

Sinners and Citizens
Bookmark and Share

Jens Rydström

432 pages | 18 halftones, 2 maps, 6 figures, 13 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226732565 Published November 2003
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226732572 Published November 2003
Sinners and Citizens explores how sexual habits changed in Sweden during its development from an agrarian society into a modern welfare state. Jens Rydström examines the history of homosexuality and bestiality in that country to consider why these sexual practices have been so closely linked in virtually all Western societies. He limns sharply the distinctive experience of rural life, showing that to regularly witness farm animals stirred passions and sparked ideas, especially among young farmhands.

Based on medical journals, psychiatric reports, and court records from the period, as well as testimonies from men in diaries, letters, and interviews, Sinners and Citizens reveals that bestiality was once a dreaded crime in Sweden. But in time, mention of the practice disappeared completely from legal and medical debates. This, Rydström contends, is because models of penetrative sodomy shifted from bestiality to homosexuality as Sweden transformed from a rural society into a more urban one. As the nation's economy and culture became less identified with the countryside, so too did its idea of deviant sexual behavior.

Committee on Lesbian and Gay Hist, AHA: John Boswell Prize
Won

View Recent Awards page for more award winning books.
Dagmar Herzog | Journal of Modern History
"[An] important and sophisticated demonstration of the benefits of longue-durée analysis."
Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
Theoretical Considerations
Structure of the Study
Method
Ethical Considerations
PART ONE: 18801920: THE SODOMY PARADIGM
1. A Broken Silence: Legislation and Society, 18801920
The Supreme Court
"Exceptional People"
Conclusions
2. Life in the Village: Bestiality in the Countryside, 18801920
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Forensic Psychiatry
Conclusions
3. Bedfellows and Sodomites: Sexuality between Men in the Countryside, 18801920
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Conclusions
First Interlude: "I Was Bolsius": Religious Fervor in Värmland, 18981901
4. Urban Cowboys and Small-Town Romance: Bestiality and Male Same-Sex Sexuality in the City, 18801920
Urban Bestiality
Male Same-Sex Sexual Practice
Social Control
Forensic Psychiatry
Conclusions
Second Interlude: "Then You Understand": Romantic Friendship in Härnösand, 1918
PART TWO: 19201950: THE HOMOSEXUAL PARADIGM
5. A Legal Dilemma: Legislation and the Central Government, 19201950
Punishment or Treatment?
Legislative Reform
The Church
The Supreme Court
Conclusions
6. A Tenacious Tradition: Bestiality in Rural Sweden, 19201950
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Forensic Psychiatry
Conclusions
7. Classified Ads and Hermaphrodites: Male Same-Sex Sexuality in Rural Sweden, 19201950
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Conclusions
Third Interlude: Looking for a Friend: Sodomy and Sexuality in Lapland, 19361944
8. Policing Male Networks: Male Same-Sex Sexuality in Urban Sweden, 19201950
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Forensic Psychiatry
Conclusions
Fourth Interlude: "I'm an Ordinary Bög": Urban Homosexual Culture Transposed
9. A Well of Desire: Female Same-Sex Sexuality, 18801950
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Conclusions
Concluding Discussion
Sexual Practice
Social Control
Paradigmatic Change
Appendix: Questions in Special Questionnaire Sp 226
Notes
Works Cited
Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style |

Chicago Blog: Sociology

Events in Sociology

Keep Informed

JOURNALs in Sociology