J. D. Unwin
Contributions to anthropology
In Sex and Culture (1934), Unwin studied 80 primitive tribes and 6 known civilizations through 5,000 years of history and found a positive correlation between the cultural achievement of a people and the sexual restraint they observe. Aldous Huxley described Sex and Culture as "a work of the highest importance".
According to Unwin, after a nation becomes prosperous it becomes increasingly liberal with regard to sexual morality and as a result loses its cohesion, its impetus and its purpose. The effect, says the author, is irrevocable. Unwin also infers that legal equality, and only legal equality, between women and men is necessary to institute before absolute monogamy is instituted, otherwise the monogamy will erode in the name of emancipating women, as he shows has occurred numerous times and places throughout all of written history.
- Sexual Regulations and Human Behaviour. London: Williams & Norgate ltd., 1933.
- Sex and Culture. London: Oxford University Press, 1934.
- The Scandal of Imprisonment for Debt. London: Simpkin Marshall Limited, 1935.
- Sexual Regulations and Cultural Behaviour. London: Oxford University Press, 1935.
- Sex Compatibility in Marriage. New York: Rensselaer, 1939.
- Hopousia: Or, The Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society, with and introduction by Aldous Huxley. New York: Oskar Piest, 1940.
- Our Economic Problems and Their Solution (An Extract from "Hopousia.") London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1944.
- "Monogamy as a Condition of Social Energy,” The Hibbert Journal, Vol. XXV, 1927.
- "The Classificatory System of Relationship," Man, Vol. XXIX, Sep., 1929.
- "Kinship," Man, Vol. XXX, Apr., 1930.
- "Reply to Dr. Morant's 'Cultural Anthropology and Statistics'," Man, Vol. XXXV, Mar., 1935.
- Dark Rapture: The Sex-life of the African Negro, with an Introduction by J. D. Unwin. New York: Walden Publication, 1939.
- "Any human society is free to choose either to display great energy or to enjoy sexual freedom; the evidence is that it cannot do both for more than one generation." Unwin, J. D. (1934) Sex and Culture. London: Oxford University Press, p. 412.
- Huxley, Aldous (1946). "Ethics." In: Ends and Means. London: Chatto & Windus, pp. 311–12.
- Unwin, J. D. (1927). "Monogamy as a Condition of Social Energy,” The Hibbert Journal, Vol. XXV, p. 662.
- Unwin, J. D. Sex and culture, page 431-432.
- Unwin, J. D. Sex and culture, page 403-404.
- Firth, Raymond (1936). "Sex and Culture," Africa, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 126–129.
- Morant, G. M. (1935). "Cultural Anthropology and Statistics; A One-Sided Review of 'Sex and Culture'," Man, Vol. 35, pp. 34–39.
- Yancy, Philip (December 12, 1994). "The Lost Sex Study". Christianity Today. Retrieved September 23, 2017.