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The Ploy of InstinctVictorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance$
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Kathleen Frederickson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262519

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262519.001.0001

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(p.155) Coda
The Ploy of Instinct

Kathleen Frederickson

Fordham University Press

The coda traces how, by the end of the nineteenth century, British writers accommodated instinct to a liberal modernity in which institutions such as the law had been made part of the environment to which an evolutionary concept of instinct responds. It thus examines how instinct was less frequently cast as an asocial faculty, being instead a precondition for producing capable citizens and workers.

Keywords:   Liberalism, Factory legislation in nineteenth-century Britain, Sexology, Evolution

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