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The Resource Indecent advances : a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall, James Polchin

Indecent advances : a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall, James Polchin

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Indecent advances : a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall
Title
Indecent advances
Title remainder
a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall
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James Polchin
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A skillful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines the relationship between the media and popular culture in the portrayal of crimes against gay men in the decades before Stonewall. Stories of murder have never been just about killers and victims. Instead, crime stories take the shape of their times and reflect cultural notions and prejudices. In Indecent Advances, James Polchin recovers and recounts queer stories from the crime pages--often lurid and euphemistic--that reveal the hidden history of violence against gay men. What was left unsaid in the crime pages provides insight into the figure of the queer man as both criminal and victim, offering readers tales of vice and violence that aligned gender and sexual deviance with tragic, gruesome endings. Victims were often reported as having made "indecent advances," forcing the accused's hands in self-defense and reducing murder charges to manslaughter. Published in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969, Indecent Advances investigates how queer men navigated a society that criminalized them and displayed little compassion for the violence they endured. Polchin shows, with masterful insight, how this discrimination was ultimately transformed by activists to help shape the burgeoning gay rights movement in the years leading up to Stonewall
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polchin, James
Dewey number
070.4/493643
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Crime and the press
  • Gays
  • Criminals
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Indecent advances : a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall, James Polchin
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Criminalizing Queer Men -- When The Men Came Home: Sailors, Scandals, and Mysteries in the 1920s -- War on the Sex Criminal: Defining Psychopaths and Sex Deviants in the 1930s -- Behind the Headlines: Homosexual Hoodlums, Working-Class Criminality, and Queer Victims in the 1930s and 1940s -- Terror in the Streets: Indecent Advances, Homosexual Panic, and the Threat of Queer Men in Post-World War II America -- The Homosexual Next Door: Kinsey and the Private Life of Sex in the Cold War -- Stories of Prejudice and Suffering: Pervert Colonies, Homosexual Worlds, and the Birth of a New Minority -- Conclusion: Politics of Violence
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781640091894
Lccn
2018058382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1078955094
  • 684998
  • (OCoLC)1078955094
Label
Indecent advances : a hidden history of true crime and prejudice before Stonewall, James Polchin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Criminalizing Queer Men -- When The Men Came Home: Sailors, Scandals, and Mysteries in the 1920s -- War on the Sex Criminal: Defining Psychopaths and Sex Deviants in the 1930s -- Behind the Headlines: Homosexual Hoodlums, Working-Class Criminality, and Queer Victims in the 1930s and 1940s -- Terror in the Streets: Indecent Advances, Homosexual Panic, and the Threat of Queer Men in Post-World War II America -- The Homosexual Next Door: Kinsey and the Private Life of Sex in the Cold War -- Stories of Prejudice and Suffering: Pervert Colonies, Homosexual Worlds, and the Birth of a New Minority -- Conclusion: Politics of Violence
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781640091894
Lccn
2018058382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1078955094
  • 684998
  • (OCoLC)1078955094

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