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Sex, Sects and Society Russell Davies

Sex, Sects and Society By Russell Davies

Sex, Sects and Society by Russell Davies

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This innovative study examines the spiritual and sexual experiences of the Welsh in the period 1870-1945.

Sex, Sects and Society Summary

Sex, Sects and Society: 'Pain and Pleasure': A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945 by Russell Davies

In an extended account of national identity, this companion volume to People, Places and Passions provides the first detailed study of the sexual and spiritual life of Wales in the period 1870-1945. The author argues that whilst Wales and its people experienced a disenchantment of the spiritual world, a revolution in sexual life was taking place. This innovative study examines how advances in life expectancy and improvements in health were reflected in emotional life. In contrast to the traditional emphasis upon hardship and hardscrabble experiences, this fascinating and beautifully written volume shows that the Welsh were also a free and fun-loving people.

Table of Contents

'To begin at the beginning': an introduction 1: 'Dygwyl y Meirwon' (Festival of the Dead): death, transcendence and transience 2: The Citadel: pain, anxiety and wellbeing 3: Going Gently into that Good Night: desolation, dispiritedness and melancholy 4: Where, When, What Was Wales and who were the Welsh? contentment, disappointment and embarrassment 5: 'The Way of all Flesh': prudery, passion and perversion 6: Love in a Cold Climate: fidelity, friendship and fellowship 7: Religion and superstition: fear, foreboding and faith 8: The pursuit of pleasure: enthrallment, happiness and imagination Conclusion: A few selected exits.

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Sex, Sects and Society: 'Pain and Pleasure': A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945 by Russell Davies
Used - Very Good
University of Wales Press
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