Prostitution Research in Context : Methodology, Representation and Power
The book offers contributions from a number of scholars who, based on their reflections on their own research practice and the existing knowledge field, discuss ongoing methodological issues and challenges representative of international research on sex for sale. Some chapters deal explicitly with methodological dilemmas in research; others thematise the encounter between prostitution research and general texts on epistemology. Other chapters again actively engage with the ethical dilemmas that research on the topic of sex for sale can entail. The authors represent different disciplines, but share an interest in engaging in reflexive research practices informed by feminism and feminist epistemologies.
An authoritative contribution to the field, this innovative volume will appeal to international scholars and students from across the social sciences and humanities in areas such as sociology, anthropology, criminology, media studies, feminist studies, human geography and history.
- Hardback | 176 pages
- 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 431g
- 10 Mar 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 8 Halftones, black and white; 8 Illustrations, black and white
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Table of contents
Exploring sex for sale: Methodological concerns
Marlene Spanger and May-Len Skilbrei
Theme 1 Manoeuvring in a politicised research field
History and the politics of prostitution - Prostitution and the politics of history
Judith R. Walkowitz
Speaking the truth about prostitution
Troubling unknowns and certainties in prostitution policy claims-making
Theme 2 Researching for, about and with sex workers
Epistemologically privileging the sex worker: Uncovering the rehearsed and presumed in sex work studies
Collaborative research with sex workers
The voice of images: Photovoice, sex workers and affective engagement
Theme 3 Dangerous positions? Establishing the research field of sex for sale
What do emotions do? Circulations of annoyance, hostility and shame in fieldwork
Contamination or engagement? Doing class in prostitution research
10. Seducing the seducer: Negotiating desire, discomfort and power in fieldwork
Notes on contributors
Susan C. Dewey, Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, University of Wyoming, USA.
For the first time, we have an interdisciplinary collection of work dedicated exclusively to sex work/prostitution research methodologies. In this inspiring, ground-breaking collection written by a number of key international scholars in the field, editors Spanger and Skilbrei urge us to think critically about the politics, power relations, and positionality in research processes and knowledge production about the sale of sex, and about how we can engage in informed and reflexive (feminist) research practices about the subject. A must read for anyone considering embarking upon sex work research.
Kamala Kempadoo, Professor, Department of Social Science, York University, Canada. Co-editor of Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance and Redefinition, author of Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race and Sexual Labour.
The study of prostitution appears one of the most ethiclly challenging and contentious areas of research in the social sciences. Avoiding stereotyped representations of this complex and diverse area of study, this edited collection provides a balanced and timely assessment of the way that those researching prostitution are obliged to situate their studies in a wider political and social context. A must read for all those who are researching prostitution, and an important contribution to debates in feminist epistemology and methodology'
Phil Hubbard, Professor of Urban Studies & Head of School, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research King's College London.
About May-len Skilbrei
May-Len Skilbrei is Professor in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway