Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI (Hardback)
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Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 04/11/2014
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Jessica Pliley links the crusade against sex trafficking to the FBI's growth into a formidable law agency that cooperated with states and municipalities in pursuit of offenders. The Bureau intervened in squabbles on behalf of men intent on monitoring their wives and daughters and imprisoned prostitutes while seldom prosecuting their male clients.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674368118
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 248 x 163 x 26 mm


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A fascinating, first-rate study. Using a remarkable trove of documents in the Bureau of Investigation's white slavery files, Pliley resurrects a lost history of conflicts over gender, sexuality, masculinity, disease, and deviance in the early twentieth-century United States.--Beverly Gage, author of The Day Wall Street Exploded
A brilliant, counterintuitive history of the FBI that takes women from the margins--party girls and runaways, adventurers and adulterers, hardened hustlers and delinquent daughters--and shows how they were central to the rise of federal power in America. Written in crystal clear, jargon-free prose, and brimming with important insights, Policing Sexuality is a major contribution to the histories of sexuality and government surveillance, and will be required reading for anyone interested in the sex trade, past, present, or future.--Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in America
The White-Slave Traffic Act, commonly known as the Mann Act, was passed in the United States in 1910 and made it a felony to transport any 'woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose' across state lines. It was designed to fight a perceived growth of prostitution, especially the trafficking in of women from Europe to America. Pliley, drawing largely from the records of the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Investigation, and then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), examines the way these agencies used the expansion of their powers less to protect women and more to control sexuality according to their own conservative culture. Using case files, Pliley shows how ideas about women's sexuality and the vagueness of the phrase 'any immoral purpose' were used to police sexual and moral boundaries. She illustrates how the law was more often employed by the FBI before World War II to prosecute unapproved premarital, extramarital, and interracial sexual relationships, than to prosecute human trafficking...A valuable contribution for those curious about the history of women, gender, and sexuality, as well as those interested in the role of policing and the FBI in the cultural and political history of the U.S. in the 20th century.--Jessica Moran"Library Journal" (01/01/2015)
Policing Sexuality, is an insightful document about the history of government surveillance and control of sex and sexuality in the United States...Pliley's intriguing and easy to read book is a brilliant resource for historians, researchers in the field of gender and sexuality and anyone who is interested in the legal and historical aspects of sex trafficking and state policies.--Nafiseh Sharifi"LSE Review of Books" (04/16/2015)

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