In this study of prostitution, Lorraine Nencel interrogates the ways in which sexuality, gender and illicit behaviour have been constructed (and deconstructed) over the years.
This is a richly detailed ethnographic account that interweaves narrative with theory. Nencel deals with issues such as AIDS, machismo and the regulation of the sex trade. She analyses the question of whether sex workers are victims or agents of control. In challenging conventional approaches to the study of sex workers and prostitution, Nencel has produced an original and provocative new study that is likely to provoke further discussion and debate.
Lorraine Nencel is a researcher at the Amsterdam Research Institute for Global Issues and Development Studies and is a member of the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology.
Acknowledgements Introduction: Zooming In On The Locality Scene One Scene Two The Conceptual Plot Women Who Prostitute In Lima, A Nine Part Story Part One: Engendered Enclosures 1: A Historical Narrative Of Prostitution The Making Of The History Of Prostitution The Call For Regulation (1858-1909) The State Of Affairs And The Need To Regulate The Regulation Takes Root (1910-1930's) Abolition And Social Change: The Other Solution To The Prostitution Problem Jiron Huatica- Abolition Or Regulation: The Campaign Of The Magazine !Ya!(1949) Patterns Of Repetitivity And Gender Meanings 2: Read All About It: Gender Meanings And The Written Press A Discursive Explosion: `The Tormented Passion Between The Magnate And The Courtesan' (Mis)Representations Of Prostitution And The Prostitutie In The Written Media The Counter Discourse: Feminism And Sexual Slavery Fixed Images With No Way Out 3: Prostitution And The Construction Of Men's Sexual Selves From The Theoretical Lookout Point The Interviews: The Public Presentation Of The Sexual Self Talking Sexuality Labelling Women Going To The Prostitutes The Prostitute As Sexual Versus The Social Actor Constructing Sexual Selves Part Two: Day And Night 4: Writing Up The Rhythm Of Fieldwork: An Introduction To Part Two. The Rythm Of Fieldwork Epistemological And Ethical Dissonancde An Ethnography Of Fieldwork 5: Shaping Identities In First Encounters Getting To Know The Women At Clara's Crafting Everydayness Shaping Identities 6: Between The Stove And The Kitchen Table Everyday Dynamics Of Everyday Relationships El Paquetazo Condom Talks A Few Words Dedicated To The Subject Of Sexuality The Funeral Inventing A Moment Of Closure 7: The Fusion Of Truths Into Illusions:The Night Life And Street Prostitution El Ambiente Nightwork Love And Relationships Under The Moonlight 8: Between The Four Walls: Embodying And Enacting The Prostitute The Crazy Horse: Another Gendered Enclosure Mapping Out Profiles Performing The Prostitute An Epilogue 9: Gender Enclosures And Gendered Identities A Brief Recapitulation In A Theoretical Mode Gendered Enclosures And Gender Meanings Gender Identities: Self-Representations And Subjectivity The Production Of Fixed Illusions And The Postponement Of Change Notes And References Bibliography Index