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Creating the Kinsey Reports: Intellectual and Methodological Influences on Alfred Kinsey’s Sex Research, 1919–1953

Drucker, Donna J. :
Creating the Kinsey Reports: Intellectual and Methodological Influences on Alfred Kinsey’s Sex Research, 1919–1953.
Indiana University , Bloomington, Indiana, USA
[Ph.D. Thesis], (2008)

Abstract

This dissertation traces the influences on the zoologist Alfred C. Kinsey's methodology and interpretations in his two major works on human sexuality, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), and demonstrates their transformation as his project developed. Kinsey's use of statistical, social science, and life science materials, in addition to his original sex research data, reveals the broad scope of his reading and of the diverse approaches he integrated into his studies. Thus, his sex research incorporated key elements of pioneer progressive era and peer sexuality studies of clinical, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and sociological provenance. Moreover, Kinsey (1894--1956) also assimilated the contributions of 1930s and 1940s sociologists of class and social status and anthropologists' examinations of cross-cultural erotic life. Critically, he explored the possible applications to human sexual behavior of the experimental hypotheses of then-leading zoological psycho-biologists and neurologists. Kinsey's wider reach across disciplines to create his work exemplifies the interdisciplinary and synthetic characteristics of the twentieth-century life sciences. He and his scientific peers advocated synthesis and the combination of their respective areas of work. Consequently, Kinsey became deeply embedded in the broader American intelligentsia through his research and methodological development. A better understanding of the methodological structures of his work deepens the significance of Kinsey as a scientist and of the trajectory of twentieth-century life sciences, illuminating the richness and intricacy of his and his peers' academic lives and intellectual exchanges. Charting the methods and influences of Kinsey's research enhances understandings of twentieth-century culture and sciences.

Item Type: Ph.D. Thesis
Erschienen: 2008
Creators: Drucker, Donna J.
Title: Creating the Kinsey Reports: Intellectual and Methodological Influences on Alfred Kinsey’s Sex Research, 1919–1953
Language: English
Abstract:

This dissertation traces the influences on the zoologist Alfred C. Kinsey's methodology and interpretations in his two major works on human sexuality, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), and demonstrates their transformation as his project developed. Kinsey's use of statistical, social science, and life science materials, in addition to his original sex research data, reveals the broad scope of his reading and of the diverse approaches he integrated into his studies. Thus, his sex research incorporated key elements of pioneer progressive era and peer sexuality studies of clinical, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and sociological provenance. Moreover, Kinsey (1894--1956) also assimilated the contributions of 1930s and 1940s sociologists of class and social status and anthropologists' examinations of cross-cultural erotic life. Critically, he explored the possible applications to human sexual behavior of the experimental hypotheses of then-leading zoological psycho-biologists and neurologists. Kinsey's wider reach across disciplines to create his work exemplifies the interdisciplinary and synthetic characteristics of the twentieth-century life sciences. He and his scientific peers advocated synthesis and the combination of their respective areas of work. Consequently, Kinsey became deeply embedded in the broader American intelligentsia through his research and methodological development. A better understanding of the methodological structures of his work deepens the significance of Kinsey as a scientist and of the trajectory of twentieth-century life sciences, illuminating the richness and intricacy of his and his peers' academic lives and intellectual exchanges. Charting the methods and influences of Kinsey's research enhances understandings of twentieth-century culture and sciences.

Place of Publication: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Divisions: 13 Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften > Institute IWAR > Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
13 Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften > Institute IWAR
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 12:42
Referees: Allen, Prof. Dr. Judith A. and Johnson, Prof. Dr. Colin R. and McGerr, Prof. Dr. Michael and Sandweiss, Prof. Dr. Eric and Sanders, Prof. Dr. Stephanie
Refereed / Verteidigung / mdl. Prüfung: 30 September 2008
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