Sexuality, parenthood and population
Sexuality, parenthood and population

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Sexuality, parenthood and population

5 Further resources

For an overview of demographic change, Michael Anderson's chapter in the Cambridge Social History of Britain (1983) provides a nuanced overview of what historical demography can offer. John Gillis' A World of Their Own Making (1996) is a fascinating account of the changes in family rituals and meanings in Western societies since the medieval period. Lesley Hall's Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (2000) provides a good introduction to histories of sexuality. A useful general social history of this period is Jose Harris' Private Lives; Public Spirit: Britain 1870–1914 (1994) and Pat Thane's Foundations of the Welfare State (1996) provides a general history of social policy. For an important Foucaudian analysis of sexuality in this period see Frank Mort's Dangerous Sexualities (1987) and for feminist analyses of the issues raised in this course, see the collection edited by Carol Smart, Regulating Womanhood (1992).

Useful websites include the following (all were accessed on 19 February 2008):

History Online (

A general history website with links to many other resources for historians.

The Workhouse [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] )

An extensive website about the Poor Law.

Lesley Hall's Web Pages (

A website that provides a wealth of ideas and links for feminist history and the history of sexuality.

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