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Author Mahood, Linda, 1960-

Title The Magdalenes : Prostitution in the Nineteenth Century
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (223 pages)
Series Routledge Library Editions: Women's History
Routledge library editions. Women's history
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction: The deployment of 'dangerous' female sexualities; Part one: The birth of social medicine and the state; 1 'Harlots, witches and bar-maids': Prostitution, disease, and the state, 1497-1800; 2 A medical model of immorality: The Glasgow Lock Hospital; 3 Familiarity with the illicit; Part two: Philanthropy, piety, and the state; 4 An invitation to discourse; 5 The domestication of 'fallen' women; 6 Friendless, fallen, and inebriate women: The transformations
Part three: The Glasgow system: Police repression or veiled regulation?7 Fighting the 'multitudinous amazonian army'; 8 Police repression or veiled regulation?; Conclusion: Prostitutes, Magdalenes, and wayward girls: Dangerous sexualities of working-class women; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The nineteenth century witnessed a discursive explosion around the subject of sex. Historical evidence indicates that the sexual behaviour which had always been punishable began to be spoken of, regulated, and policed in new ways. Prostitutes were no longer dragged through the town, dunked in lakes, whipped and branded. Medieval forms of punishment shifted from the emphasis on punishing the body to punishing the mind. Building on the work of Foucault, Walkowitz, and Mort, Linda Mahood traces and examines new approached emerging throughout the nineteenth century towards prostitution an
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Subject Law enforcement -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Prostitution -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Law and legislation -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Working class women -- Sexual behavior -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Law enforcement.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Human Sexuality.
Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation.
SELF-HELP -- Sexual Instruction.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Law and legislation.
Working class women -- Sexual behavior.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1136247831