The Classification of Sex
Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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This book has its origins in two Indiana University (IU) graduate courses, one taught by Elin K. Jacob in the School of Library and Information Science (now the Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics and Computing), and one taught by Judith A. Allen in the Department...
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Alfred C. Kinsey loved to collect, to study, and to classify elements of the natural world, and his enthusiasm for those scientific practices shaped his whole academic life. He shared his passion for collecting with the young readers of An Introduction to Biology, his first textbook for American high school students...
1. Learning the Trade, Creating a Collector
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Alfred Kinsey had a strong curiosity about the life sciences from an early age—an enthusiasm that guided the course of his life and career. He wrote in his second high school biology textbook in 1933 that his inspiration for writing textbooks was “in the experiences of thirteen summers in camps where I...
2. The Evolution of a Taxonomist
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Kinsey’s scientific work in the late 1910s through the 1930s was in two broad categories: writing and teaching. As he wrote a book on edible wild plants, wrote and edited three different editions of a high school textbook and two different editions of a workbook, and published his last texts on gall wasp speciation, his academic interests began to change. His coauthored book on edible...
3. Teaching Life and Human Sciences
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The combined forces of Kinsey’s scientific writing paired with his biology teaching moved him into the world of human sex research during the 1930s. Together, his writing and teaching on life sciences soon led to his greater interest in exploring the human sciences. His teaching general biology at the college...
4. Ordering Human Sexuality
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Kinsey brought into his worldview for studying human sexual behavior a complex mix of ideas from his entomological research, teaching life and human sciences, and teaching and organizing the marriage course. Those ideas oftentimes coexisted uneasily. He approached the more in-depth phase of human sex...
5. The Taxonomy and Classification of Human Sexuality
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Sexual Behavior in the Human Male reflects Kinsey’s synthesis of material from a wide assortment of disciplines coupled with the data from 5,300 male histories. The book shows the results of his comprehensive interview and research formula: his attempts to fill in the “great gaps in exact knowledge” of...
6. The Boundaries of Sexual Categorization
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Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, released to the public the first week of January 1948, immediately generated numerous responses from readers across the United States and the world. The twenty-five thousand articles gathered by the newspaper clipping service that the Institute for Sex Research employed...
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Kinsey’s life and work, and the intertwined nature of the two, continue to draw academic and public interest. One of the reasons for that ongoing interest is the difficulty in classifying the man himself. Many are intrigued by the highly sexed and voyeuristic Kinsey, who quietly filmed sex acts—his own and...
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 11 b&w
Publication Year: 2014