Archival Scholarly Works.

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Early Sexology



In the early part of the 20th century and by the mid-century more and more research were being applied to understanding sexuality. One of these early sexologists was Alfred Kinsey, whose legacy lives on at the Kinsey Institute. The institute, established in 1947 at Indiana University, prides itself as a premier research institute on human sexuality and relationships. Browse around the website some:  (Links to an external site.)For this homework, you need to use some specifics from the institute’s collections.

First, from the home page head to the collections, then to the Archival Scholarly Works. (Links to an external site.)Choose ONE of the sex researchers or sex educators listed here to do a bit more research on. Using your textbook and/or the internet find the following information about the person you chose.

  1. Name
  2. Main area of research/interest
  3. Most interesting thing you learned about their ‘work.’
  4. In your opinion, what is the importance of their work to the field of sexuality, i.e., why should we care to remember them/ keep their work in an archive?
  5. Although some of the researcher’s work flowed from a specific theoretical perspective, others developed their research without adopting a specific theory. Looking over the theoretical perspectives mentioned in chapter 2, choose the theory you think might best fit with your chosen researchers work.
  6. ATTEMPT to put a reference for the resource you used to find.

Second, staying in the collections, head to the Art, artifacts, and photographs collection, (Links to an external site.) specifically the online collection (Links to an external site.). Here choose ONE piece of art/photograph/ or artifact to answer the following.

7. Briefly describe the piece you chose.

8. In your opinion, what is the importance of this piece to the field of sexuality, i.e. why should we care to safe keep it?

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