Horror, scandal and moral panic! Obsession with the conduct of young women has permeated society for over a hundred years.
Be it over flappers, beat girls, dolly birds or ladettes, public outrage at girls' perceived misbehaviour has been a mass-media staple with each changing generation. Eminent social historian Carol Dyhouse examines what it really meant to be a girl growing up in the swirl of twentieth-century social change in this detailed and empathetic history.
She draws from a dazzling array of sources to piece together the story of girlhood, clearly demonstrating the value of feminism and other liberating cultural shifts in expanding girls' aspirations and opportunities, in spite of the controversy that has accompanied these freedoms. This is a sparkling, panoramic account of the ever-evolving opportunities and challenges for girls, the new ways they have able to present and speak up for themselves, and the popular hysteria that has frequently accompanied their progress.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 328 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/02/2013
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9781780324937