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Prostitution and Irish society, 1800-1940

Author: Maria Luddy
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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"This is the first book to tackle the controversial history of prostitution in Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Maria Luddy uncovers the extent of prostitution in the country and examines how Irish women came to work as prostitutes, their living conditions and their treatment by society. She provides new insights into the contentious history of Magdalen asylums in Ireland and reveals the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Luddy, Maria.
Prostitution and Irish society, 1800-1940.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)862769482
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Luddy
ISBN: 9780521882415 0521882419 9780521709057 0521709059
OCLC Number: 154706356
Description: xiii, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 'Frowsy, shameless women': an overview of prostitution in Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries --
'Looking for my living': women, community and prostitution in Ireland --
'Behaved very ill': rescue work and Magdalen asylums in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries --
'The black plague': venereal diseases in nineteenth-century Ireland --
'Soldier's totty': nationalists, suffragists and the surveillance of women, 1900-40 --
'Hopeless cases': prostitution and sexual danger in the Irish Free State, 1922-40.
Responsibility: Maria Luddy.
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