Growing pains
Sexuality, Irish moral politics and capitalist crisis,1920–40
in Impure thoughts
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This chapter discusses the concept of sexuality as a moral problem in the first decades of the new Irish state. Irish Catholics were involved in social activism directed at issues of public morality. The new independent Irish state had organisations involved in this campaign, which included the Irish Vigilance Association, the Catholic Truth Society of Ireland, St Vincent de Paul Society and the Legion of Mary. These organizations aimed to incorporate the public morality framework into social policy and legislation.

Impure thoughts

Sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland


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