Prostitution: Prevention and Reform in England, 1860-1914

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 229 pages
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Prostitution: Prevention and Reform in England, 1860-1914is 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.
Prostitutionlooks 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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Contents

Reform institutions
25
Daily life inside reform institutions
46
Prevention is better than cure Ladies Associations for the Care of Friendless Girls
71
Moral education and protective legislation
73
Wayward and troublesome girls
94
The making of the mentally deficient Prostitution and the feebleminded
117
The background
119
Care rather than cure
137
Purifying the nation
153
Suppressing prostitution
155
Men and morality
178
from fin de siecle to the millennium
197
major laws concerning prostitution
202
Bibliography
203
Index
221
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Bartley is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton.

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