The Girl Problem: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 / Edition 1

The Girl Problem: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 / Edition 1

by Ruth M. Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801485770

ISBN-13: 9780801485770

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"An absorbing analysis of delinquency among working-class adolescents. . . . This clearly written and well-researched study includes a useful bibliographical essay."—Library Journal

"The 'Girl Problem' is based in large part on the records of one hundred young women incarcerated between 1900 and 1930 in two institutions, the New York State

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"An absorbing analysis of delinquency among working-class adolescents. . . . This clearly written and well-researched study includes a useful bibliographical essay."—Library Journal

"The 'Girl Problem' is based in large part on the records of one hundred young women incarcerated between 1900 and 1930 in two institutions, the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills . . . and the Western House of Refuge for Women at Albion, in upstate New York. The records are rich with detail, including psychological assessments, correspondence from families and between inmates and others, and parole applications, that Alexander has used to good effect. Nearly all of those incarcerated were poor and came from immigrant or African-American homes."—Journal of Social History

"Alexander's study . . . adds an important set of characters and locales to the growing history of women's lives during the intense immigration, urbanization, and modernization of the early twentieth century. . . . This book is a powerful argument on several levels for why poverty seems to breed criminality in this country."—Women's Review of Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801485770
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A New Adolescent Female1
Ch. 1"Going Around with a Bad Crowd of Girls": Young Women and the Lure of City Streets11
Ch. 2"The Confusion of Standard among Adolescent Girls": Reformers Confront the Girl Problem33
Ch. 3"Every Minute Is to Me like Eternity": Inmates at Albion and Bedford Hills69
Ch. 4"I Live in Hopes of Her Come from There a Better Daughter": Families and the Reformatories103
Ch. 5"I've Chosen a New Road to Travel": The Challenges of Parole123
Conclusion: The Social Inequities of Female Adolescence149
Bibliographic Essay155
Notes161
Index197

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