The Effects Of Sex And Sexuality On The People Of England Essay

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Eighteenth century London, England was a time of great change. It is well understood that in the middle of this century Britain’s entire social landscape was altered as a result of the Industrial Revolution, and as manufacturing started to replace other forms of production and work. While there is some debate among historians regarding whether or not this process ultimately had a positive or negative impact on the people of England, a re-conceptualization of sex and sexuality is nonetheless thought to have occurred during this time period (Hitchcock 1997; Trumbach 1987, 1977). The following paper will discuss and analyze how sex and sexuality were re-conceptualized, or socially constructed as deviant and “unnatural” during the eighteenth century in London, England. This will be illustrated using data collected from the Old Bailey Proceedings Online archive. I will first begin with a historical background and framework, which suggests a “sexual revolution” was transpiring during this period (Hitchock 1997: 2). Second, I will describe the theoretical approach of social constructionism that I employ to analyze the data. Third, I will outline the methods I took to collect and analyze the data, as well as mention some limitations that exist. Fourth, I will provide a discussion of my analysis of the data that was collected for three offences: sodomy, assault with sodomitical intent and extortion; and draw some commonalities between all of the trials. As a conclusion, I will…

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