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