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Overview

Alain Corbin depicts prostitution in nineteenth-century France not as a vice, crime, or disease, but as a well-organized business. Corbin reveals how the brothel served the sex industry in the same way that the factory served manufacturing: it provided an institution for the efficient and profitable sale of services.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books

Majestic, path-breaking...The first systematic investigation of the political and economic aspects of the French sex trade.
— Francine du Plessix Gray

Times Literary Supplement

A challenging and provocative book which remains the essential study in its field...Corbin amply demonstrates the centrality of prostitution to the social history of modern France.
— James F. McMillan

Women's Review of Books

An engrossing story full of intimate details about the actual lives of women.
— Frances Gouda

Modern and Contemporary France [UK]

This is a thorough, fascinating account of the lives of prostitutes, the workings of prostitution as a business and the continuing debates in France over the application of the 'French system' of regulation. This translation from the French Les filles de noce is a welcome contribution to the English historiography, providing an excellent source for those working on numerous dimensions of modern French history.
— Timothy Baycroft

New York Review of Books - Francine Du Plessix Gray
Majestic, path-breaking...The first systematic investigation of the political and economic aspects of the French sex trade.
Times Literary Supplement - James F. McMillan
A challenging and provocative book which remains the essential study in its field...Corbin amply demonstrates the centrality of prostitution to the social history of modern France.
Women's Review of Books - Frances Gouda
An engrossing story full of intimate details about the actual lives of women.
Modern and Contemporary France [UK] - Timothy Baycroft
This is a thorough, fascinating account of the lives of prostitutes, the workings of prostitution as a business and the continuing debates in France over the application of the 'French system' of regulation. This translation from the French Les filles de noce is a welcome contribution to the English historiography, providing an excellent source for those working on numerous dimensions of modern French history.
Times Literary Supplement
A challenging and provocative book which remains the essential study in its field...Corbin amply demonstrates the centrality of prostitution to the social history of modern France.
— James F. McMillan
New York Review of Books
Majestic, path-breaking...The first systematic investigation of the political and economic aspects of the French sex trade.
— Francine du Plessix Gray
Women's Review of Books
An engrossing story full of intimate details about the actual lives of women.
— Frances Gouda
Modern and Contemporary France [UK]
This is a thorough, fascinating account of the lives of prostitutes, the workings of prostitution as a business and the continuing debates in France over the application of the 'French system' of regulation. This translation from the French Les filles de noce is a welcome contribution to the English historiography, providing an excellent source for those working on numerous dimensions of modern French history.
— Timothy Baycroft
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Corbin (history, Sorbonne) analyzes 19th century prostitution in France as a business undergoing industrialization, urbanization, and regulation, just as other businesses were. He sees the licensed brothels as the sex-service analogs to factories in manufacturing, and examines the workforce, recruitment and career patterns, the clientele, and specialized establishments. Reviews the turn-of-the- century demise of the licensing system, and compares current prostitution. Originally published in French in 1978. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674955448
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Corbin is Professor of History at the Sorbonne.

Alan Sheridan's most recent book is Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth. He has also translated over 50 books, including works by Sartre, Lacan, and Foucault.

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