Saturday, 28 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Writer: Paul Betts
Title: Within Walls
Subtitle: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic
Place of Publication: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc.
Year of Publication: 2010
Pages: 321 printed on acid-free paper
Illustrations: 52 black and white pictures
Jacket Photo: Arno Fischer, Friedensfahrt (The Peace Race), East Berlin, 1957
Binding: Boards in duotone dust jacket
Original Price: N/A
Entry No.: 2012005
Entry Date: 25th January 2012
Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) is often seen as having been virtually non-existent, simply another East German commodity forever in short supply. In part this had to do with the common perception that private life and state socialism were at odds by definition, to the extent that the private person has no legal identity or political standing outside the socialist community. The East German regime's infamous surveillance techniques, best illustrated in the notorious exploits of the state's sprawling security force —the Stasi— and its reserve army of ‘unofficial collaborators’, further dramatized the full penetration of the state into the private sphere.
Within Walls offers a different perspective. Paul Betts shows how, despite the primacy of public identities, the private sphere assumed central importance in the GDR from the very outset, and was especially pronounced in the regime's former capital city. In a world in which social interaction was heavily monitored, private life functioned for many citizens as a cherished arena of individuality, alternative identity-formation, and potential dissent. The book carefully charts the changing meaning of private life in the GDR across a variety of fields, ranging from law to photography, religion to interior decoration, family living to memoir literature, revealing the myriad ways in which privacy was expressed, staged, and defended by citizens living in a communist society.
Writer: Chris Gudgeon
Title: The Naked Truth
Subtitle: The Untold Story of Sex in Canada
Place of Publication: Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley
Publisher: Greystone Books
Year of Publication: 2004
Format: 139x215mm (trimmed)
Pages: 223 printed on acid-free paper
Illustrations: 1 black and white map
Cover Design: Peter Cocking
Cover Photo: Alastair Bird Photography
Binding: Paperback in colour printed wrappers
Original Price: CAD 22.95 / USD 14.95
Entry No.: 2012004
Entry Date: 25th January 2012
Canadians and sex. They go together like fish and bicycles. Or you might think. The naked truth is that Canadians have a rich sexual history and get it on today in such range and numbers it boggles the mind. Based on original research and interviews with historians, sexperts, and social commentators, The Naked Truth offers a unique and slightly naughty snapshot of this country.
Monday, 23 January 2012
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Editor: Dagmar Herzog
Title: Sexuality and German Fascism
Place of Publication: New York, Oxford
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Year of Publication: 2005
Format: 155x234mm (trimmed)
Pages: 356 printed on acid-free paper
Illustrations: 3 black and white pictures
Binding: Paperback in duotone wrappers
Entry No.: 2012002
Entry Date: 19th January 2012
The interrelationship of fascism and sexuality has attracted a great deal of interest for some time now. This collection offers fresh perspectives by leading scholars on the history of sexuality under national socialism on such topics as the persecution of Jewish-gentile sex in the “race defilement trials”, homophobic propaganda and the prosecution of same-sex activity within the Wehrmacht and SS, representations of female sexuality in film, prostitution on home and battle fronts, sexual relations between Germans and foreign forced laborers, and reproductive practices among Jewish survivors. Moreover, the authors provide new insights into the relationships between Nazi sexual politics and anti-Semitism and challenge assumptions of Nazism as sexually repressive; instead they emphasize the interrelationships between incitement to sexual activity and persecution and mass murder.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Friday, 6 January 2012
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Editor: Herbert A. Otto
Title: The New Sexuality
Preface: Herbert A. Otto
Place of Publication: Palo Alto, CA
Publisher: Science and Behavior Books, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1971
Pages: xiii+289; Appendix, Growth Centers, 273; Index, 283
Binding: Οlive cloth with black spine lettering in worn dust jacket
Original Price: USD 8.95
Entry No.: 2012001
Date of Entry: 3rd January 2012
The sexual attitudes and behavior of Americans have been changing at a bewildering pace in the last decade. To shed some light on what is happening, psychologist Herbert A. Otto asked prominent specialists from a variety of professional fields to comment on th current sexual scene. In The New Sexuality he presents their replies.
What new sexual life-styles are young people experimenting with? Does sexual adventuring affect personality? What different meanings does sex have for men and for women? How can sex enrich marriage? Can the affair have some positive value? How will changing sex patterns affect the the individual’s well-being and society as a whole?
In The New Sexuality 24 qualified authorities tackle these and many more questions, each speaking on his area of knowledge and experience. Some authors support traditional sexual mores; others advocate experimentation and change. Sometimes their views conflict, reflecting the conflicts in our society, which pays l;ip service to a puritanical moral code yet blatantly exploits sex in advertising and entertainment. Contributors include Mary Calderone, Albert Ellis, Jessie Bernard, Bernard Gunther, David R. Mace, Harold Greenwald, O. Spurgeon English, Joel Fort, Eleanor Hamilton, and others.