Called to the Bar

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December 1997–January 1998, no. 197
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Barmaids: A history of women's work in pubs by Diane Kirkby

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Called to the Bar

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December 1997–January 1998, no. 197

No icon better encapsulates the ethos of male culture than the pub. Sharing a beer in this bastion of male conviviality has been a defining experience in shaping Australian male identity. The pub as a cultural and social institution has attracted the attention of many historians, but none have considered the ubiquitous and yet mysteriously anonymous figure of the barmaid. Although represented in fiction and film, and up until recently, a part of the very fabric of pub culture, the barmaid remains an elusive figure in Australian history.

Joy Damousi reviews 'Barmaids: A history of women's work in pubs' by Diane Kirkby

Barmaids: A history of women's work in pubs

by Diane Kirkby

CUP, $90 hb, $29.95 pb, 256 pp

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