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Gender, wellbeing and fitness and Welfare bargains essentially with the century ahead of the construction of the vintage welfare country in Britain. It presents a stimulating advent to an old period which observed an incredible growth in welfare companies, either country and voluntary, and through which girls emerged as major 'consumers' and 'providers' of varied measures.

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417–36. Institutionalised patriarchal laws and customs fell with full force only on upper-class women. Despite regional variation in the status of women, pre-industrial Japan may well have had its own ‘missing women’ problem. 6 Sex ratios for selected countries in 1975 and Japan at various dates (total male population over total female population) Sources: All values for 1975 are from the United Nations Demographic Yearbook (1977), pp. 166–201. Values for Japan in 1732 and 1852 are from Irene Taeuber (1958) based on Bakufu population counts of the village populations.

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