Girl Trouble by Carol Dyhouse
Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women

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Stories like this one, from Carol Dyhouse's useful history of girls growing up in Britain in the 20th century, ought to be the currency of our popular history and culture.
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Girls behave badly. If they're not obscenity-shouting, pint-swigging ladettes, they're narcissistic, living dolls floating around in a cloud of self-obsession, far too busy twerking to care. And this is news.

In this witty and wonderful book, Carol Dyhouse shows that where there's a social scandal or a wave of moral outrage, you can bet a girl is to blame. Whether it be stories of 'brazen flappers' staying out and up all night in the 1920s, inappropriate places for Mars bars in the 1960s or Courtney Love's mere existence in the 1990s, bad girls have been a mass-media staple for more than a century. And yet, despite the continued obsession with their perceived faults and blatant disobedience, girls are infinitely better off today than they were a century ago.

This is the story of the challenges and opportunities faced by young women growing up in the swirl of the twentieth century, and the pop-hysteria that continues to accompany their progress.

 

About Carol Dyhouse

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Carol Dyhouse is a social historian and currently a research professor of history at the University of Sussex. Her most recent book, Glamour: Women, History, Feminism was published by Zed Books in 2010. Longer term, her research has focussed on gender, education and the pattern of women's lives in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Her books include Girls Growing Up in late Victorian and Edwardian England; Feminism and the Family in England, 1890-1939; No Distinction of Sex? Women in British Universities, 1870-1939; and Students: A Gendered History.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Zed Books. 324 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tessa Hadley on Mar 15 2013

Stories like this one, from Carol Dyhouse's useful history of girls growing up in Britain in the 20th century, ought to be the currency of our popular history and culture.

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