Single Mothers and Their Children: Disposal, Punishment and Survival in Australia (Studies in Australian History) (Hardcover)

Single Mothers and Their Children: Disposal, Punishment and Survival in Australia (Studies in Australian History) By Shurlee Swain, Renate Howe (With) Cover Image

Single Mothers and Their Children: Disposal, Punishment and Survival in Australia (Studies in Australian History) (Hardcover)

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This is a powerful and moving history of single motherhood in Australia. It tells the story of these women and their children and the lives they constructed. The book covers the period from the 1850s, when abandonment and infanticide were not uncommon, to 1975, when the legal status of illegitimacy was abolished. While tracing profound changes over this period, the authors find much continuity. The book covers issues of baby farming, infanticide, abortion, sex education, birth control, adoption and marriage, in effect becoming a history of sexual practice in Australia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780521474436
ISBN-10: 0521474434
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: October 28th, 1996
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Studies in Australian History