Prostitution

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Prostitution: Prevention and Reform in England, 1860-1914 is the first comprehensive overview of attempts to eradicate prostitution from English society, including discussion of early attempts at reform and prevention through to the campaigns of the social purists.
Prostitution looks in depth at the various reform institutions which were set up to house prostitutes, analysing...

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Overview

Prostitution: Prevention and Reform in England, 1860-1914 is the first comprehensive overview of attempts to eradicate prostitution from English society, including discussion of early attempts at reform and prevention through to the campaigns of the social purists.
Prostitution looks in depth at the various reform institutions which were set up to house prostitutes, analysing the motives of the reformers as well as daily life within these penitentiaries.
This indispensable book reveals:
* reformers' attitudes towards prostitutes and prostitution
• daily life inside reform institutions
* attempts at moral education
* developments in moral health theories
* influence of eugenics
* attempts at suppressing prostitution.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Bartleys study is a very welcome addition to the historiography of moral reform and sexual regulation.'Social History Society

'In this meticulously researched book, Paula Bartley offers the first national study of the work of moral reformers in late nineteenth-century ... her considerable achievement lies in her abilty to demonstrate that ... there is still much more to be said on the subject on nineteenth-century prostitution.'History

'One of the stregnths of the book is its detailed analysis of the intersection of contemporary class, gender, and religious ideologies in the motives of those involved in the reform of "the fallen" ... The work also provides new insight into the day-to-day running of the range of institutions set up to deal with women deemed to be "fallen".'Social History of Medicine

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Drawing on official published and unpublished documents ranging from Home Office records to annual reports and Parliamentary Papers, Bartley (history, U. of Wolverhampton) explores the nature and extent of prostitution during a period when it was not illegal, and the social and legal measures taken against practitioners and the practice itself. Her study covers the reform of prostitutes, ladies' associations for the care of friendless girls, prostitution and the feeble-minded, and purifying the nation. It is based on her Ph.D. dissertation, for which neither date nor institution are identified. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415214568
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Women's and Gender History Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I From sinners to Cinderellas: the reform of prostitutes
1 Reform institutions 25
2 Daily life inside reform institutions 46
Pt. II Prevention is better than cure: Ladies' Associations for the Care of Friendless Girls
3 Moral education and protective legislation 73
4 'Wayward and troublesome girls' 94
Pt. III The making of the mentally deficient: prostitution and the 'feeble-minded'
5 The background 119
6 Care rather than cure 137
Pt. IV Purifying the nation
7 Suppressing prostitution 155
8 Men and morality 178
Conclusion: from fin de siecle to the millennium 197
App major laws concerning prostitution 202
Bibliography 203
Index 221
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