Prostitution and Feminism
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Prostitution and Feminism : Towards a Politics of Feeling

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Feminists have long differed in their view of prostitution. While some regard it as a classic form of exploitation and degradation, others offer a more sympathetic interpretation of womena s involvement in the sex industry. In this important new book, Maggie Oa Neill seeks to explore the theoretical debates on prostitution and the relevance of these to the everyday lived experiences of women working on the streets. Based upon her own ethnographic research -- defined as ethno--mimesis -- the author seeks to undermine and demystify stereotypical images of prostitutes. She explores the narratives offered by prostitutes themselves, as well as other forms of their representation in film, art and photography, and shows how these various mediums may be used to shed light on the socio--economic processes and structures which lead women into prostitution. These personal accounts produce what Oa Neill refers to as a a politics of feelinga , which, she argues, may be used to transform attitudes, policy and practice in relation to female prostitution.
By relating these individual experiences to critical feminist theory, the book deepens our understanding of the phenomenon of prostitution in contemporary society. The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in gender studies, feminist theory and sociology.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 158 x 229 x 13mm | 372g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745619215
  • 9780745619217
  • 738,843

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Feminists have long differed in their view of prostitution. Whilesome regard it as a classic form of exploitation and degradation, others offer a more sympathetic interpretation of women'sinvolvement in the sex industry. In this important new book, MaggieO'Neill seeks to explore the theoretical debates on prostitutionand the relevance of these to the everyday lived experiences ofwomen working on the streets.


Based upon her own ethnographic research - defined asethno-mimesis - the author seeks to undermine and demystifystereotypical images of prostitutes. She explores the narrativesoffered by prostitutes themselves, as well as other forms of theirrepresentation in film, art and photography, and shows how thesevarious mediums may be used to shed light on the socio-economicprocesses and structures which lead women into prostitution. Thesepersonal accounts produce what O'Neill refers to as 'a politics offeeling', which, she argues, may be used to transform attitudes, policy and practice in relation to female prostitution. By relatingthese individual experiences to critical feminist theory, the bookdeepens our understanding of the phenomenon of prostitution incontemporary society.


The book will be of particular interest to students and scholarsin gender studies, feminist theory and sociology.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction: Socio--cultural Contexts--Renewed Methodologies for Social Research. Part I Feminist Knowledge and Social Research: Understanding Prostitution. 1 Feminism(s) and Prostitution. 2 Feminist Knowledge and Social Research: Ethno--mimesis as Perfomative Praxis. Part II Interpretive Ethnographies: Life History Work. 3 Womena s Voices, Womena s Lives. 4 Adolescent Prostitution: Runaways, Homelessness and Living in Local Authority Care. III Feminist Postmodernisms and Ethnographies of Difference: between Modernity and Postmodernity. 5 Imagining Women: Prostitution, the Aestheticization of the Whore and the Social Organization of Desire. 6 The City, Masculinity and the Social Organization of Desire: Pimps and Punters. 7 Conclusion: Towards a Politics of Feeling. Notes. References. Index.
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'Prostitution and Feminism is a great examples of feminist research, developing new theoretical concepts and methodological approaches for a feminism that can entwine critical conceptual explorations with an ethnographic approach that brings life to the broader analysis. A wide--ranging, readable and authoritative book.' -- Vikki Bell, Goldsmiths College, University of London 'By working across traditional disciplinary divides, O'Neill provides a stimulating and fresh approach to feminist work in the area of prostitution, at the same time making timely demands on the reader to think more deeply about the nature and purpose of feminist theory and research.' -- Jenny Ryan, Manchester Metropolitan University
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About Maggie O'Neill

Maggie Oa Neill is a Reader in Sociology and Womena s Studies at Staffordshire University
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