Wowser and Pro-Woman Politics: Temperance against Australian Patriarchy

Jocelyn Pixley*

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The temperance movement in Australia has been regarded for some time now by historians as a significant feminist lobby. This paper explores the implications of this revisionist historiography for sociological debates, in particular the literature on the modern family and on the patriarchal welfare state. The assumptions that women passively acquiesced in the changes in Australia at the turn of the century and played no part in the construction of the breadwinner are regarded as untenable. They became historical actors who achieved gains and suffered losses that were then embedded in state policies and domestic relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-314
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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