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Author Stauter-Halsted, Keely, 1960- author

Title The devil's chain : prostitution and social control in partitioned Poland / Keely Stauter-Halsted
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2015
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Contents Introduction : reforming the national body -- Out of the shadows -- On the abyss : the turn to paid sex -- Sex in the bourgeois family -- Narratives of entrapment -- Trafficking and human migration -- The devil's chain -- Female activism and the shadow state -- The physician and the fallen woman -- Purity and danger : prostitution reform and the birth of Polish eugenics -- Sex in the new republic -- Conclusion : prostitution and the shaping of the national community
Summary "In the half-century before Poland's long-awaited political independence in 1918, anxiety surrounding the country's burgeoning sex industry fueled nearly constant public debate. The Devil's Chain is the first book to examine the world of commercial sex throughout the partitioned Polish territories, uncovering a previously hidden conversation about sexuality, gender propriety, and social class. Keely Stauter-Halsted situates the preoccupation with prostitution in the context of Poland's struggle for political independence and its difficult transition to modernity. She traces the Poles' growing anxiety about white slavery, venereal disease, and eugenics by examining the regulation of the female body, the rise of medical authority, and the role of social reformers in addressing the problem of paid sex"-- Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Prostitution -- Poland -- History -- 19th century.
Prostitution -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Sex -- Social aspects -- Poland -- History -- 19th century.
Sex -- Social aspects -- Poland -- History -- 20th century.
Poland -- History -- 1864-1918.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501701665 (electronic bk.)
9781501701665 (electronic bk.)