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The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland

Keely Stauter-Halsted


In the half-century before Poland's long-awaited political independence in 1918, anxiety surrounded the country's burgeoning sex industry. This is the first book to examine the world of commercial sex throughout the partitioned Polish territories, uncovering a previously hidden conversation about sexuality, gender propriety, and social class. The preoccupation with prostitution is situated in the context of Poland's struggle for political independence and its difficult transition to modernity. The Poles' growing anxiety about white slavery, venereal disease, and eugenics is traced by examining ... More

Keywords: Poland, political independence, commercial sex, sexuality, gender propriety, social class, prostitution, sexual deviancy, alcoholism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801454196
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keely Stauter-Halsted, author
University of Illinois, Chicago