Regulating Womanhood

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Carol Smart
Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Social Science - 256 pages

This collection of original essays looks at a topic of growing interest and debate in feminist and historical circles: the social regulation of women through law during the 19th and 20th centuries, and the resistance which emerged in response. The collection refutes the notion of women oppressed during the 19th century, unable to act in opposition to the law. When issues of motherhood and women's sexuality became areas of public policy, women began to negotiate the law, as case studies from Europe and the USA show. This book should be of interest to students of women's studies, sociology of law, and social policy.



Feminist vigilantes of lateVictorian England
Child sexual abuse and the regulation of women Variations on a theme
Women and latenineteenthcentury social work
Producers of legitimacy Homes for unmarried mothers in the 1950s
Representing childhood The multiple fathers of the Dionne quintuplets
Whose property? The double standard of adultery in nineteenthcentury
Mothers as citizens Feminism evolutionary theory and the reform of Dutch
Humanity or justice? Wifebeating and the law in the eighteenth and nineteenth

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