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Regulating Sexuality Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland by Leanne McCormick

Regulating Sexuality Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland


Regulating Sexuality Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland by Leanne McCormick

This is a groundbreaking examination of the attempts to regulate female sexuality in twentieth-century Northern Ireland, which opens up new and exciting areas of a previously neglected history. A wide-ranging study, it explores the sexual experiences of women in the context of the distinctive religious, political and social circumstances of Northern Ireland during the twentieth century. The commonality of attitudes of the Catholic Churches toward the control of female sexuality is revealed, along with the similarity of views concerning female behaviour. While the ways in which various authorities tried to control female behaviour are explored, it is also argued that women were not simply victims, but employed a variety of survival strategies and active agency, no matter how difficult their circumstances were. This work will appeal not only to an academic audience but also to non-academic readers interested in a new and exciting view of Northern Ireland's past. -- .


a groundbreaking examination of the attempts to control female sexuality from the 1900s to the 1960s.' -- .

About the Author

Leanne McCormick is a Research Associate at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University of Ulster. -- .

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Publication date

1st April 2011


Leanne McCormick

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Manchester University Press


264 pages


Social & cultural history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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