The Devil's Chain

The Devil's Chain

Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland

eBook - 2015
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"In the half-century before Poland's long-awaited political independence in 1918, anxiety surrounding the country's burgeoning sex industry fueled nearly constant public debate. The Devil's Chain is the first book to examine the world of commercial sex throughout the partitioned Polish territories, uncovering a previously hidden conversation about sexuality, gender propriety, and social class. Keely Stauter-Halsted situates the preoccupation with prostitution in the context of Poland's struggle for political independence and its difficult transition to modernity. She traces the Poles' growing anxiety about white slavery, venereal disease, and eugenics by examining the regulation of the female body, the rise of medical authority, and the role of social reformers in addressing the problem of paid sex"--
Publisher: Ithaca :, Cornell University Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781501701665
1501701665
0801454190
9780801454196
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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