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Authors: Alyson Brown and David Barrett

Title: Knowledge of Evil

Subtitle: Child prostitution and child sexual abuse in twentieth century England

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2013

Pages: 212pp.

ISBN-13: 9781903240632 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | English History | Types: Child Prostitution, Child Sexual Abuse


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Authors: Alyson Brown, Department of English and History, Edge Hill University


  Foreword by Ian Sparks (p. vii)
  Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  1 Introduction – concepts and contexts (p. 1)
    Contents (p. 9)
  2 Debating late nineteenth-century child prostitution (p. 13)
    The Maiden Tribute (p. 20)
    Child prostitution (p. 23)
    Society in the Cremorne Pleasure Gardens (p. 26)
    Conclusions (p. 32)
  3 Edwardian England and the ideal family (p. 38)
    Intervention and resistance, the work of the children's charities (p. 40)
    Childhood, 'moral danger' and prostitution (p. 44)
    Publicitiy, prosecution and public awareness (p. 52)
    The feeble-minded and other perceived causal factors (p. 56)
    Conclusions (p. 59)
  4 War and the 1920s (p. 65)
    The First World War (p. 67)
    The 1920s and the strategies of children's voluntary societies (p. 73)
    Prostitution: investigations and debate (p. 76)
    Unregulated adoptions and abuse (p. 84)
    Conclusions (p. 87)
  5 Prostitution, child abuse and feminism during the 1920s and 1930s (p. 92)
    Feminism and society (p. 93)
    The white slave trade: rhetoric or reality? (p. 96)
    Child abuse and prostitution (p. 100)
    Prostitution, delinquency and psychology (p. 107)
    Conclusions (p. 111)
  6 Reconstruction and a new society (p. 114)
    War, juveniles and commercial sex (p. 116)
    Post-war social change and social policy (p. 121)
    Delinquency and sexuality (p. 125)
    Wolfenden and the Street Offences Act 1959 (p. 128)
    Contemporary attitudes and research on prostitution (p. 133)
    Child and youth prostitution (p. 136)
    Conclusions (p. 140)
  7 The rediscovery of child prostitution during the 1960s and 1970s (p. 146)
    The print media, social problems and child prostitution (p. 147)
    Children and commercial sex (p. 152)
    Studies of delinquency (p. 156)
    Child prostitution, the social services and the media (p. 161)
    Concepts of delinquency and the structure of social services for children (p. 164)
    Conclusions (p. 170)
  8 Child prostitution during the 1980s and 1990s (Margeret Melrose and Patrick Ayre) (p. 176)
    The socio-economic and policy context of child prostitution (p. 176)
    Scale of child prostitution in the 1980s and 1990s (p. 178)
    Legal and social service responses to young people involved in prostitution (p. 180)
    Conclusions (p. 183)
  Postscript (p. 189)
  References (p. 192)
  Index (p. 208)

Editions: Brown, Alyson, et al. Knowledge of Evil: Child prostitution and child sexual abuse in twentienth century England. Cullompton 2002.