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Uneasy Virtue

The Politics of Prostitution and the American Reform Tradition

"Barbara M. Hobson . . . makes a compelling case for the reform of prostitution policy in . . . Uneasy Virtue. [This volume] demonstrates an effective analytical approach to understanding public policy and its impact on prostitution policy. . . .Uneasy Virtue proves particularly relevant today as right wing groups begin to guide discourse and influence policy around reproductive rights, sexuality and the future of gender equality. As Hobson proposes, the reform of prostitution polciy must be viewed in the broader context of the political and economic struggles to emancipate women and thereby create a more rational society."—Samuel Suchowlecky, Commentaries

293 pages | 6 x 9.25 | © 1987, 1990

History: American History

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Preface, 1990
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Two-Way Mirror
Part I - Policing the City, 1820-1860
1. The Discovery of Prostitution
2. Crime, Justice, and Reform
3. Predator and Prey
Part II - Prostitutes and Their Keepers, 1860-1900
4. Prostitutes
5. Within and Without Prison Walls
Part III - A National Crusade and Its Aftermath, 1900-1930
6. The War on Prostitution
7. Public Enemy Number One
8. The Unadjusted Girl
Part IV - Recent Challenges and Debates, 1970-
9. The Search for Alternatives
Name Index
Subject Index

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