Thinking Allowed draws back the curtain on that potent mystery which has fascinated the West for centuries: the harem. Contrary to the stereotype that harem women were inferior, passive and oppressed, a new book reveals they were often engaged in diverse forms of political and cultural life.
Laurie Taylor is joined by Reina Lewis whose new book Rethinking Orientalism chronicles the personal desires and dissatisfactions of the last generation of women to experience the segregated life of the elite harem and Catherine Hall, Professor of British social and cultural history at University College London.
SOCIAL HISTORY OF BOOKMAKING
Why is it that bookmakers are considered such an unscrupulous lot ? Middle classes moralists have decried bookmakers as idle parasites who earned their money by ill gotten means. But this condemnation was rejected by many of the working class who regarded bookies as honest, upright and sometimes as benefactors who were at the heart of the community .
Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Carl Chinn, Social historian, former bookmaker and author of Better Betting with a Decent Feller about the life and trials of the bookie.
Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Innovation Studies at the University of East London
Rethinking Orientalism, Women Travel and the Ottoman Harem
Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation
Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Lt
Professor of British social and cultural history and University College London
Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830 -1867
Publisher: University of Chicago Press - ISBN 0226313352
Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham,Departments of Medieval and Modern History, University of Birmingham, and Director of the BirminghamLives multimedia archive at South Birmingham College
Better Betting with a Decent Feller: A Social History of Bookmaking
Publisher: Aurum Press
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