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Birth control, sex and marriage in Britain 1918-1960

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The first half of the twentieth century witnessed a revolution in contraceptive behaviour as the large Victorian family disappeared. This book offers a new perspective on the gender relations, sexual attitudes, and contraceptive practices that accompanied the emergence of the smaller family in modern Britain. Kate Fisher draws on a range of first-hand evidence, including over 190 oral history interviews, in which individuals born between 1900 and 1930 described their marriages andsexual relationships. By using individual testimony she challenges many of the key conditions that have long been envisaged by demographic and historical scholars as necessary for any significant reduction in average family size to take place. Dr Fisher demonstrates that a massive expansion in birth control took place in a society in which sexual ignorance was widespread; that effective family limitation was achieved without the mass adoption of new contraceptive technologies; that traditional methods, such as withdrawal, abstinence, and abortion were often seen as preferable to modern appliances, such as condoms and caps; that communication between spouses was not key to the systematic adoption of contraception; and, above all, thatwomen were not necessarily the driving force behind the attempt to avoid pregnancy. Women frequently avoided involvement in family planning decisions and practices, whereas the vast majority of men in Britain from the interwar period onward viewed the regular use of birth control as a masculineduty and obligation. By allowing this generation to speak for themselves, Kate Fisher produces a richer understanding of the often startling social attitudes and complex conjugal dynamics that lay behind the vast changes in contraceptive behaviour and family size in the twentieth century. 2006 hardback edition. Virtually "as new" condition in a similar unclipped dust wrapper. Not ex-library. One previous owner's name and date on front paste-down.

Item details

Added value:
Very good unclipped dust wrapper.
Author(s):
Kate Fisher
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x16.5cms
Edition:
2006
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199267367
ISBN-13:
9780199267361
Number of pages:
294
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Birth Control, Sex, & Marriage in Britain 1918-1860.

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The first half of the twentieth century witnessed a revolution in contraceptive behaviour as the large Victorian family disappeared. This book offers a new perspective on the gender relations, sexual attitudes, and contraceptive practices that accompanied the emergence of the smaller family in modern Britain. Kate Fisher draws on a range of first-hand evidence, including over 190 oral history interviews, in which individuals born between 1900 and 1930 described their marriages andsexual relationships. By using individual testimony she challenges many of the key conditions that have long been envisaged by demographic and historical scholars as necessary for any significant reduction in average family size to take place. Dr Fisher demonstrates that a massive expansion in birth control took place in a society in which sexual ignorance was widespread; that effective family limitation was achieved without the mass adoption of new contraceptive technologies; that traditional methods, such as withdrawal, abstinence, and abortion were often seen as preferable to modern appliances, such as condoms and caps; that communication between spouses was not key to the systematic adoption of contraception; and, above all, thatwomen were not necessarily the driving force behind the attempt to avoid pregnancy. Women frequently avoided involvement in family planning decisions and practices, whereas the vast majority of men in Britain from the interwar period onward viewed the regular use of birth control as a masculineduty and obligation. By allowing this generation to speak for themselves, Kate Fisher produces a richer understanding of the often startling social attitudes and complex conjugal dynamics that lay behind the vast changes in contraceptive behaviour and family size in the twentieth century. 2006 hardback edition. Virtually "as new" condition in a similar unclipped dust wrapper. Not ex-library. One previous owner's name and date on front paste-down.

Added value:
Very good unclipped dust wrapper.
Author(s):
Kate Fisher
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x16.5cms
Edition:
2006
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199267367
ISBN-13:
9780199267361
Number of pages:
294
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Birth Control, Sex, & Marriage in Britain 1918-1860.

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