Afterword: When Has Sexuality Ever Been About Sex? A Review of Historical Geographies of Sexualities

Eric Olund


This review of historical geographies of sexuality identifies three strands of work: sexual community formation, subject production and population regulation, and processes of production, reproduction and evolution.  In all three, sexuality is situated at the nexus of the individual and the social and resists positive representation.  It is instead examined by proxy, especially its “place” in the material rather than metaphorical sense.  With a few exceptions, this small body of work is largely in conversation with presentist geographies in subdisciplines outside of historical geography.  So too are the contributors to this special issue, who point historical geographies of sexuality in new directions by considering current debates over the marginalization of sexuality in accounts of more generic geographical processes, the critical opportunities of comparative approaches, the materiality of ignorance and invisibility, and the productivity of silence.



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