Stepchildren of Nature Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity
- List Price: $45.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780226630595
- ISBN10: 0226630595
But in this powerful new cultural history Harry Oosterhuis invites us to reconsider the quality and extent of Krafft-Ebing's influence. Revisiting the case studies on which Krafft-Ebing based his findings, and thus drawing on the voices of his patients and informants, Oosterhuis finds that Krafft-Ebing was not the harsh judge of perversions that we think he was. He argues that Krafft-Ebing had a deep appreciation of the psyche, and that his work reveals an attempt to separate sexual deviancies from ideas of immorality. In the tradition of Freud, then, Krafft-Ebing should stand not as a villain, but as a contributor to more modern notions of sexual identity.