Prostitution, Power and Freedom

Prostitution, Power and Freedom

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Prostitution is still the subject of intense controversy among feminists but theoretical and political analyses are often only loosely grounded in empirical research. This book offers new perspectives on prostitution based on wide-ranging research in nine countries and extensive work with prostitute users.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745668093

About Julia O'Connell Davidson

Julia O'Connell Davidson is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Nottingham.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I Dimensions of Diversity. 1. Power, Consent and Freedom. 2. Patterns of Pimping. 3. Independent Street Prostitution. 4. Independent Prostitution and Tourism. 5. Power and Freedom at the Apex of the Prostitution Hierarchy. Part II Prostitution and the Eroticization of Social Death. 6. Narratives of Power and Exclusion. 7. Eroticizing Prostitute Use. 8. Through Western Eyes: Honour, Gender and Prostitute Use. 9. Diversity, Dialectics and Politics. Notes. References. Index.show more

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"Here at last is a book that takes on board all the significant strands in the recent debates about prostitution and draws them together into a sustained and provocative discussion." Mary McIntosh "Julia O'Connell Davidson has woven a fascinating tapestry, combining meticulous portraiture with bold design. Based on careful and wide-ranging ethnographic study of prostitution across a variety of cultures, but framed within a strong structural analysis of power relations, this is a powerful picture of the limits to the agency of women and children in a world of continuing inequalities and exploitation." Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Sociology, South Bank University, London "O'Connell Davidson draws imaginatively on labour process analysis, feminism, psychoanalysis and political theory to unpick the power relations in prostitution and the many discursive levels at which it is understood and rationalised...Her book is beautifully written and never obtuse, challenging and morally committed...it is among the very best studies we have, not only on prostitution but more generally on work, gender and sexuality." Jackie West, Work, Employment and Society. -Here at last is a book that takes on board all the significant strands in the recent debates about prostitution and draws them together into a sustained and provocative discussion.- Mary McIntosh -Julia O'Connell Davidson has woven a fascinating tapestry, combining meticulous portraiture with bold design. Based on careful and wide-ranging ethnographic study of prostitution across a variety of cultures, but framed within a strong structural analysis of power relations, this is a powerful picture of the limits to the agency of women and children in a world of continuing inequalities and exploitation.- Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Sociology, South Bank University, London -O'Connell Davidson draws imaginatively on labour process analysis, feminism, psychoanalysis and political theory to unpick the power relations in prostitution and the many discursive levels at which it is understood and rationalised...Her book is beautifully written and never obtuse, challenging and morally committed...it is among the very best studies we have, not only on prostitution but more generally on work, gender and sexuality.- Jackie West, Work, Employment and Society.show more

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