Readership: Academics and students with an interest in the history of Labour Party and the history of sexuality.
Stephen Brooke, Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto
Stephen Brooke has been a co-editor of the journal Twentieth-Century British History since 2004 and managing editor since 2010. He has also served on the editorial boards of Contemporary British History and the Journal of British Studies.
"this book covers new ground and is full of important insights and ideas...it is sure to become an essential work in British political history and Brookes lucid and lively style will ensure that it is widely read." - Kate Fisher, Twentieth Century British History
"Stephen Brooke's work is a fascinating and important contribution...Full of colourful nuggets of history, Brooke pieces together a detailed account of how British leftists made their peace with sexual politics, and found their own ways to be equality pioneers." - Olivia Bailey, Renewal
"Highly recommended." - H. L. Smith, CHOICE
"[Brooke] convincingly argues that bringing sexuality into politics might not just
result in accommodation from the centre, but a gradual, powerful transformation of that centre." - Times Literary Supplement
"a much needed intervention in the history of politics and sexuality in the 20th century - a book which students and researchers of the subject will find essential and also, due to the clarity of the argument and lucidity of tone, enjoyable ... a book which should provoke debate and focus minds for years to come." - Charles Smith, Reviews in History
Introduction: 'Your Sex Life is Political'
1: Beginnings: Socialism and Sexual Reform, 1880s to 1920s
2: Clash: The Labour Party and Birth Control in the 1920s
3: Writing and Living New Worlds: Socialism, Sex and Emotions
4: Abortion and Working-Class Politics in the 1930s
Section II: Roads to 1967
5: A 'Silent', 'Modern' Revolution'? The Family, Femininity and Reproductive Politics in the 1940s and 1950s
6: Labour and the 'Liberal Hour', 1956-67: Abortion, Family Planning and Homosexual Law Reform
Section III: Roads from 1967
7: Second Wave Feminism, Labour and the Defence of the Abortion Act, 1967-90
8: A Thirty Years War? Gay Rights and the Labour Party, 1967-97
Conclusion: Endings or Beginnings: New Labour, Sexuality and Reproductive Politics, 1997 to 2010
Archival Sources and Select Bibliography