The Girl Problem: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 (Paperback)
  • The Girl Problem: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 (Paperback)
zoom

The Girl Problem: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930 (Paperback)

(author)
£22.99
Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 06/08/1998
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
During the Progressive Era, young working-class women were sometimes jailed for engaging in social and sexual activities that signaled their rejection of Victorian moral standards. These disadvantaged "delinquents" were subject to legal sanctions that were rarely applied to rebellious middle-class girls. As she traces the history of a social crisis that came to be known as the "girl problem, " Ruth M. Alexander reconstructs the stories of individual women incarcerated in reformatories who helped redefine female adolescence in the United States. Alexander draws on the rich case files of reformatories at Bedford Hills and Albion, New York. Bringing together writings by the young inmates, letters from their parents, and institutional records, she follows the histories of a hundred girls as they run afoul of the law, are incarcerated, and struggle to reenter society. From the interplay among girls, families, courts, and penal institutions emerges a fascinating picture of class inequality and culture conflict. Alexander finds that most delinquent young women eventually accepted the idea that freedom was best won by conformity and accommodation. In showing how a new social problem was identified and tackled, Alexander also documents the emergence of the modern professions of social work and mental hygiene. Reenacting a key chapter in the transformation of adolescence, The "Girl Problem" contributes to the history of sexuality and social reform through the Progressive Era and beyond.

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801485770
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An absorbing analysis of delinquency among working-class adolescents. . . . This clearly written and well-researched study includes a useful bibliographical essay."--Library Journal
"The 'Girl Problem' is based in large part on the records of one hundred young women incarcerated between 1900 and 1930 in two institutions, the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills . . . and the Western House of Refuge for Women at Albion, in upstate New York. The records are rich with detail, including psychological assessments, correspondence from families and between inmates and others, and parole applications, that Alexander has used to good effect. Nearly all of those incarcerated were poor and came from immigrant or African-American homes."--Journal of Social History
"Alexander's study . . . adds an important set of characters and locales to the growing history of women's lives during the intense immigration, urbanization, and modernization of the early twentieth century. . . . This book is a powerful argument on several levels for why poverty seems to breed criminality in this country."--Women's Review of Books

You may also be interested in...

G-Man
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
The Psychopath Whisperer
Added to basket
Hotel K
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Forensics
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Jigsaw Man
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Girl A
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
DarkMarket
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Criminology For Dummies
Added to basket
The Cocaine Diaries
Added to basket
Jimmy The Weed
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Underworld London
Added to basket
The Invention of Murder
Added to basket
The Butcher
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.