Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940 (Paperback)
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Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940 (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 13/12/2007
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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, how Irish women came to work as prostitutes, their living conditions and their treatment by society. She links discussions of prostitution to the Irish nationalist and suffrage movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, analysing the ways in which Irish nationalism used the problems of prostitution and venereal disease to argue for the withdrawal of the British from Ireland. She also investigates the contentious history of Magdalen asylums and explores how the infamous red-light district of Dublin's 'Monto' was finally suppressed through the actions of the Legion of Mary in the 1920s. Revealing complex social and religious attitudes towards prostitution in Irish society, this book opens up a new world in Ireland's social and political history.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521709057
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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'This is not only a meticulously researched chronicle of prostitution in Ireland, it is also an investigation into the relationship between prostitution and the kind of society Ireland was and is ... Impressive in its scope, Prostitution and Irish Society 1800-1940 provides a comprehensive history of the workhouse system, the 'rescue' work associated with the Magdalen, convent and lay asylums, as well as the ways in which prostitutes, often (mis)represented as passive victims, used the legal system to secure justice for themselves.' The Irish Times
'A brave, groundbreaking work.' Sunday Business Post
"This is a fine pioneering study of a topic that is difficult to deal with historically because of the tilt of the evidence...To Luddy's immense credit, she builds her analysis carefully, while at the same time pointing out with clarity just how limited and how bent the evidence necessarily is. This is mature, confident scholarship." --Canadian Journal of History
"This well-researched book, which includes useful statistical tables and illustrations, contributes to the study of women's history and modern Irish social history. Highly recommended." -Choice
"This is an extremely impressive work that illuminates our understandings of prostitution as well as the place it occupied in Irish society from the early nineteenth century to the first decades of the Irish Free State." -Lesley A. Hall, Journal of Modern History

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