Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
C'mon, let's not go overboard here
am 28. Mai 2000
If you are looking for a book that matches this title, this is not the one. This workhas very few historical references, and is 98 percent theory. Not only that, but the theory isn't very interesting and is quite repetitive. Foucault argues that rather than being really repressive, Victorian society was obsessed with sex, and saw a huge proliferation of sexual "discourses". And he asks why we are so obsessed with sex, why we have exhalted it to the position of bearer of secret truth that must continually be investigated and continually elude us. Foucault has a decided affinity for conspiratorial outlooks. If you count the number of times he uses the word "power" and "discourse" in this book let me know what the tally is. In the end, unlike Madness and Civilization, which I recommend, this book is plagued in repetitive theory and discourse, and it offers a very narrow historical perspective on the topic of sexuality, data which is largely aimed at supporting his claims. This is probably the least sexual book ever written on sexuality; probably owing to Foucault's belief that sexuality is a "historical product."