The invention of sadism? The limits of neologisms in the history of sexuality

Moore, Alison (2009) The invention of sadism? The limits of neologisms in the history of sexuality. Sexualities, 12 4: 486-502. doi:10.1177/1363460709105715

Author Moore, Alison
Title The invention of sadism? The limits of neologisms in the history of sexuality
Journal name Sexualities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4607
Publication date 2009-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363460709105715
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 486
End page 502
Total pages 17
Editor Ken Plummer
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Formatted abstract
How important is a new word for the development of newly imagined sexual pathology? In the case of the neologism 'sadism' at the fin de siècle, this invention was strangely both pivotal and incidental. Tracing sexual concepts, as Laqueur does for masturbation, requires that the neologisms invented at precise historic moments be both recontextualized in relation to earlier discourses, and problematized as stable constructs in their ongoing development. This article is a genealogical sketch of this kind in relation to 'sadism', as part of a larger inquiry into how this sexual construct became available to the Frankfurt School philosophers and as an explanation for Nazi genocidal cruelty. (Copyright © 2009 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.)
Keyword fin de siècle
Frankfurt School
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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