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Author Lewis, Brian, 1965- author.

Title Wolfenden's witnesses : homosexuality in postwar Britain / Brian Lewis.

Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Genders and sexualities in history
Genders and sexualities in history.
Springer English/International eBooks 2016 - Full Set.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 302-308) and index.
Contents Part 1. Introduction. Introduction -- part 2. The witnesses. Law enforcers -- Medical practitioners and scientists -- Homosexuals -- Christians, moralists and reformers -- part 3. The Wolfenden Report -- Conclusion.
Summary The Wolfenden Report of 1957 has long been recognized as a landmark in moves towards gay law reform. What is less well known is that the testimonials and written statements of the witnesses before the Wolfenden Committee provide by far the most complete and extensive array of perspectives we have on how homosexuality was understood in mid-twentieth century Britain. Those giving evidence, individually or through their professional associations, included a broad cross-section of official, professional and bureaucratic Britain: police chiefs, policemen, magistrates, judges, lawyers and Home Office civil servants; doctors, biologists (including Alfred Kinsey), psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists; prison governors, medical officers and probation officers; representatives of the churches, morality councils and progressive and ethical societies; approved school headteachers and youth organization leaders; representatives of the army, navy and air force; and a small handful of self-described but largely anonymous homosexuals. This volume presents an annotated selection of their voices.
Other author SpringerLink (Online service), issuing body.
Subject Great Britain. Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution. Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offenses and Prostitution.
Homosexuality -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781137321503 (electronic book)
1137321504 (electronic book)
Standard Number 9781137321480
ISBN 9781137321480