Barmaids: A History of Womens Work in Pubs

by Diane Kirkby

Cambridge University Press | January 13, 1998 | Trade Paperback |

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In this innovative mixture of labor history and cultural history, Diane Kirkby explores the central figure of the barmaid. Drawing on previously unexplored archives, new documentary sources and oral history, Barmaids traces the sexualization of the industry and the feminist and temperance debates about it. It covers women''s demands for equal pay and drinking rights in the postwar period and concludes in the mid-1990s with changes in the labor market and drinking customs that saw the end of the old pub culture and the place of barmaids within it.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 258 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: January 13, 1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521568684

ISBN - 13: 9780521568685

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Barmaids: A History of Womens Work in Pubs

Barmaids: A History of Womens Work in Pubs

by Diane Kirkby

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 258 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: January 13, 1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521568684

ISBN - 13: 9780521568685

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. ''No place for a woman?'': pub-keeping in colonial times; 2. ''The photographer and the barmaid'': narrating women''s work 1850s-1910s; 3. ''The problem of the barmaids'': urbanisation and legislative reform 1870s-80s; 4. ''Wanted, a beautiful barmaid...'': temperance and the language of desire; 5. ''White slaves behind the bar'': the WCTU, the nation, and ''the barmaid''; 6. ''When men wore hats'': gender, unions, and equal pay 1908-49; 7. ''Beer, glorious beer'': pub culture and the six o''clock swill 1920-50s; 8. ''In praise of splendid gels'': sex, work and drinking culture 1960s-90s; Epilogue.

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In this innovative mixture of labor history and cultural history, Diane Kirkby explores the central figure of the barmaid. Drawing on previously unexplored archives, new documentary sources and oral history, Barmaids traces the sexualization of the industry and the feminist and temperance debates about it. It covers women''s demands for equal pay and drinking rights in the postwar period and concludes in the mid-1990s with changes in the labor market and drinking customs that saw the end of the old pub culture and the place of barmaids within it.

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"...Kirkby offers a splendidly told history of a crucial aspect of Australia''s development." Gina Hames, Journal of Social History
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