Girl Trouble

Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women

Carol Dyhouse


From flappers and beat girls to dolly birds and ladettes, this is the story of the 20th Century's 'bad girls' and the controversy that has accompanied their growing freedom.
'A brilliant cultural history.'
Irish Examiner

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.

Author Bio

Carol Dyhouse is a social historian and currently a research professor of history at the University of Sussex. She is the author of the acclaimed Glamour: Women, History, Feminism (Zed, 2010).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • 1. White slavery and the seduction of innocents 
  • 2. Unwomanly types: New Women, revolting daughters and rebel girls 
  • 3. Brazen flappers, bright young things and 'Miss Modern' 
  • 4. Good-time girls, baby dolls and teenage brides 
  • 5. Coming of age in the 1960s: beat girls and dolly birds 
  • 6. Taking liberties: panic over permissiveness and women's liberation 
  • 7. Body anxieties, depressives, ladettes and living dolls: what happened to girl power? 
  • 8. Looking back


Publication Date: 12 June 2014
320 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783601608
Hardback: 9781780324944
eBook ePub: 9781780325569
eBook PDF: 9781780325552
eBook Kindle: 9781780325576

Previous Editions: Paperback 0th Edition: 9781780324937

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