Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850 (Paperback)
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Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850 (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages
Published: 01/09/1996
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Dispelling the lurid stereotypes portrayed in fiction, Alain Corbin depicts prostitution in nineteenth-century France not as a vice, crime, or disease, but as a well-organized business. Corbin reveals how the brothel served the sex industry in the same way that the factory served manufacturing: it provided an institution for the efficient and profitable sale of services.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674955448
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 689 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Majestic, path-breaking… The first systematic investigation of the political and economic aspects of the French sex trade. - Francine du Plessix Gray, New York Review of Books

A challenging and provocative book which remains the essential study in its field… Corbin amply demonstrates the centrality of prostitution to the social history of modern France. - James F. McMillan, Times Literary Supplement

Illuminating… An abundance of superb data enables [Corbin] to treat an often murky and always emotive topic with unusual rigor and detachment. - Linda Colley, London Review of Books

An engrossing story full of intimate details about the actual lives of women. - Frances Gouda, Women’s Review of Books

This is a thorough, fascinating account of the lives of prostitutes, the workings of prostitution as a business and the continuing debates in France over the application of the ‘French system’ of regulation. This translation from the French Les filles de noce is a welcome contribution to the English historiography, providing an excellent source for those working on numerous dimensions of modern French history. - Timothy Baycroft, Modern and Contemporary France [UK]

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