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Love and Freedom

Love and Freedom
Professional Women and the Reshaping of Personal Life

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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521497619

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  • Can the educated women of the 1990s have both a career and a fulfilling personal life? This book traces the history of women's responses to changes in education, employment, reproductive science and law since the 1890s. Increased work and education opportunities and knowledge of contraception meant choice about when, and indeed whether, to marry and have children. The author utilizes social and government history, autobiography and statistical analysis. This incisive interdisciplinary book will find broad appeal.

    • Interdisciplinary - draws from such diverse sources as autobiography and statistics, literature and scholarly argument
    • Draws on personal lives and subjectivities to illuminate wider debates
    • Draws together for the first time women's history and demography to reclaim women's place in reproductive change
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    • Winner of the New South Wales Premier's Gleebook prize for literary and cultural criticism

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Alison Mackinnon deftly weaves together three crucial changes in the lives of women during the past hundred years: feminism, education and birth control. This is a wonderfully lucid and convincing study." Martha Vicinus, University of Michigan

    "In her excellent study, Alison Mackinnon extends to Australia a literature that examines the lives of early women college graduates and their entrance into professional life. Mackinnon has made an excellent contribution to women's history and to the history of work and family. her book is significant for all who are interested in the lives of women in the Anglophone world. The questions she shares about marriage, motherhood, and autonomy remain as relevant today as they were a century ago." Penina Migdal Glazer, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521497619
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gender crisis and social anxiety
    2. The selfishness of women: moral panic and the declining birthrate
    3. Sexuality and reproduction: narratives of demography and discourse
    4. The curse of Eve? Family formation and the university woman
    5. 'This dependence of the woman in marriage unspeakably distasteful': from wife to woman
    6. Two antagonistic worlds? Love and the life of the mind
    7. The internationalization of the human heart
    8. Conclusions: both gifts in one hand?

  • Author

    Alison Mackinnon, University of South Australia


    • Winner of the New South Wales Premier's Gleebook prize for literary and cultural criticism

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