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Published: 01 September 2018

248 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781786941251

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Save the Womanhood!

Vice, Urban Immorality and Social Control in Liverpool, c. 1900-1976

Samantha Caslin

Liverpool University Press

  • Offers a detailed social and cultural analysis that takes the history of anxieties about twentieth-century women's interactions with urban space beyond the London metropole
  • The first in-depth analysis of the work of the Liverpool Vigilance Association, a significant social purity movement operating for nearly seventy years
  • Uses fascinating case studies from the archives of social purity patrollers to present a detailed picture of the way working-class women moved through Liverpool in search of work and adventure
  • Offers a new perspective on the decline of key social purity organizations, arguing that their ideas never really went away
  • Speaks to contemporary debates about the criminalization of sex workers by showing how laws against solicitation have been historically intertwined with moral judgement of women's sexual practices

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