On the Game

On the Game : Women and Sex Work

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***Winner of the Eileen Basker Prize and the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems***

On the Game is an ethnographic account of prostitutes and prostitution. Sophie Day has followed the lives of individual women over fifteen years, and her book details their attempts to manage their lives against a backdrop of social disapproval. The period was one of substantial change within the sex industry.

Through the lens of public health, economics, criminalisation and human rights, Day explores how individual sex workers live, in public and in private. This offers a unique perspective on contemporary capitalist society that will be of interest both to a broad range of social scientists.

The author brings a unique perspective to her work -- as both an anthropologist and the founder of the renowned Praed Street Project, set up in 1986, as a referral and support centre for London prostitutes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 446.79g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745317596
  • 9780745317595

Table of contents


Histories in Person

1. A London Clinic: Anthropology and Health

2. Simply Work

3. What's in a Name? The Distribution of Knowledge among Colleagues

4. Playing the Market against the State

5. The Right to Have Rights

6. The Uses of Money

7. Infertility, Pregnancy and Future Mothers

8. Consummate Artifice: Market Makes All

9. Counterpublics

10. Time on the Game

Epilogue: The Lifescapes of Public Women


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Review quote

'Academic interest in the sex industry is proliferating in a range of disciplines, and Sophie Day's book is a noteworthy addition' -- Gender and Development 'A highly engaging and thought-provoking text highlighting the challenges faced by sex workers in London. Highly recommended' -- Stuart Agnew, Lecturer in Criminology, University Campus Suffolk
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About Sophie Day

Sophie Day is Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College. She is the author of On the Game (Pluto, 2007).
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