Constructing women and smoking as a public health problem in Britain 1950-1990s.


Berridge, V; (2001) Constructing women and smoking as a public health problem in Britain 1950-1990s. Gender & history, 13 (2). pp. 328-48. ISSN 0953-5233

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Abstract

Historical analysis of the topic of women and smoking has concentrated on the early part of the twentieth century and on the challenge which smoking by 'new women' or 'flappers' offered to dominant notions of womanly behaviour. This paper considers, rather, the dominant constructions of women and smoking in the UK offered through the prism of changing versions of public health in the last fifty years. The construction of women and smoking, it is argued, has been emblematic of those policy agendas within public health and has borne a reciprocal relationship to them. The traditional view of women as mothers has been renegotiated and redefined through the new scientific alliances of late twentieth-century public health. These constructions have helped to set the parameters of discussion within which policy has been made.

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PubMed ID: 17633793
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/20389

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