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The Business of birth control: Contraception and commerce in Britain before the sexual revolution

Jones, Claire (2020) The Business of birth control: Contraception and commerce in Britain before the sexual revolution. Manchester University Press ISBN 978-1-5261-3628-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83187)

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Abstract

The business of birth control is the first book-length study to examine contraceptives as commodities in Britain before the pill. Drawing on new archives and neglected promotional and commercial material, the book demonstrates how hundreds of companies transformed condoms and rubber and chemical pessaries into consumer goods that became widely available via discreet mail order catalogues, newspapers, birth control clinics, chemists' shops and vending machines in an era when older and more reserved ways of thinking about sex jostled uncomfortably with modern and more open attitudes. The book outlines the impact of contraceptive commodification on consumers, but also demonstrates how closely the contraceptive industry was intertwined with the medical profession and the birth control movement, who sought authority in birth control knowledge at a time when sexual knowledge and who had access to it was contested.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Farley
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 14:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83187 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Jones, Claire: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3228-3987
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