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Prostitution and Victorian Society Women, Class, and the State

ISBN-10: 0521270642
ISBN-13: 9780521270649
Edition: 1982
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Description: The state regulation of prostitution, as established under the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869, and the successful campaign for the repeal of the Acts, provide the framework for this study of alliances between prostitutes and  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/29/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The state regulation of prostitution, as established under the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869, and the successful campaign for the repeal of the Acts, provide the framework for this study of alliances between prostitutes and feminists and their clashes with medical authorities and police. Prostitution and Victorian Society makes a major contribution to women's history, working-class history, and the social history of medicine and politics. It demonstrates how feminists and others mobilized over sexual questions, how public discourse on prostitution redefined sexuality in the late nineteenth century, and how the state helped to recast definitions of social deviance.

Preface
Introduction
Prostitution, Social Science and Venereal Disease
The common prostitute in Victorian Britain
Social science and the great social evil
Venereal disease
The Contagious Diseases Acts, Regulationists and Repealers
The Contagious Diseases Acts and their advocates
The repeal campaign
The leadership of the Ladies' National Association
Class and gender conflict within the repeal movement
Two Case Studies: Plymouth and Southampton under the Contagious Diseases Acts: 8. Plymouth and Southampton under the Contagious Diseases Acts
The repeal campaign in Plymouth and Southampton 1870-4
The making of an outcast group: prostitutes and working women in Plymouth and Southampton
The hospitals
The local repeal campaign, 1874-86
Epilog
Notes
Selected bibliography
Index

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