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The history of sexuality: An introduction, volume I

by Foucault, Michel (1978)

Key Passage

If one writes the history of sexuality in terms of repression, relating this repression to the utilization of labor capacity, one must suppose that sexual controls were the more intense and meticulous as theywere directed at the poorer classes; one has to assume that they followed the path of greatest domination and the most systematic exploitation: the young adult man, possessing nothing more than his life force, had to be the primary target of a subjugation destined to shift the energy available for useless pleasure toward compulsory labor. But this does not appear to be the way things actually happened. On the contrary,the most rigorous techniques were formed and, more particularly, applied first, with the greatest intensity, in theeconomically privileged and politically dominant classes.  (p.120)


Foucault, Sexuality, Repression, Power, Resistance, Postmodernism, Poststructuralism


History of Sexuality, Foucault Citations

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