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Studies in Australian History: Barmaids: A History of Women's Work in Pubs (Paperback)
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Studies in Australian History: Barmaids: A History of Women's Work in Pubs (Paperback)

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Paperback 258 Pages / Published: 10/11/1997
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Popular imagination has made the pub an enduring cultural icon in Australian life. Since colonisation the pub has played a quintessential part in Australian life, both socially and economically. In this mixture of labour history and cultural history, first published in 1997, Diane Kirkby explores the central figure of the barmaid. Now a dying breed, she once played the combined roles of mate, confidante, surrogate-mother and sexual object. Drawing on previously unused archives, documentary sources and oral history, Barmaids traces the sexualisation of the industry and the feminist and temperance debates about it. It covers women's demands for equal pay and drinking rights in the post-war period and concludes in the mid-1990s with the labour market changes and drinking customs which saw the end of the old pub culture and the place of barmaids within it.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521568685
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... fascinating and highly readable ... meticulously researched.' Panorama
"Historian Diane Kirkby...has turned her considerable skill to the intriguing history of Australian women publicans in her book Barmaids: A History of Women's Work in Pubs." Washington Times
"...the breadth of interpretation and material make this work of use to a variety of students and scholars. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice
"...fascinating study of barmaids in modern Australia." Thomas Brennan, American Historical Review
"...the most pioneering of contemporary Australian labor history studies. This search for the hidden life of work has yielded a rich history." Mark Hearn, Labor History
"...Kirkby offers a splendidly told history of a crucial aspect of Australia's development." Gina Hames, Journal of Social History

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