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Disturbing PracticesHistory, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War$
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Laura Doan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226001586

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226001753.001.0001

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Genealogy Inside and Out

Genealogy Inside and Out

(p.58) 2 Genealogy Inside and Out
Disturbing Practices

Laura Doan

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the structure, logic, and political uses of the genealogical project as a most useful form of historical investigation of sexuality, first, to clarify why, in its various permutations, the genealogical project has been ineffective in persuading academic history generally of sexuality’s crucial importance as a category of historical analysis. A second aim is to articulate how the genealogical project differs from what some professional historians continue to regard tacitly as “proper history,” that is, a historical practice uninterested in finding the origins of identity or gauging how what is familiar to us now differ.

Keywords:   genealogical project, sexuality, historical analysis, academic history

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