Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry

Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry

By: Antonia Levy (editor), Melissa Hope Ditmore (editor), Alys Willman (editor), Koken Koken (contributor), Kerwin Kaye (contributor), Mindy S. Bradley-Engen (contributor), Patty Kelly (contributor), Brents Brents (contributor), Giulia Garofalo (contributor), Mashrur Shahid Hossain (contributor)Hardback

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Sex Work Matters brings together sex workers, scholars and activists to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by the police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry. The result is a vital new contribution to sex-worker rights that explores the topic in new ways, especially its cultural, economic and political dimensions. Readers weary of the sensational and often salacious treatment of the sex industry in the media and literature will find Sex Work Matters refreshing.

About Author

Melissa Hope Ditmore is a post-doctoral fellow at NDRI. She has investigated ethics in research, the effects of police raids on sex workers and trafficked persons, and violence against sex workers. She is an author on the three reports produced by the Sex Workers Project. Melissa Ditmore has written about sex work, migration and trafficking for The Lancet and SIECUS Report. She is a contributor to Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered (2005) and The Affective Turn (2007.) Antonia Levy is a member of the PapertigerTV collective and a part-timer organizer for her union, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY. She has been co-chair of several academic/activist conferences and workshops, including Sex Work Matters: Beyond Divides and the Second Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference. Alys Willman is a feminist economist specializing in gender, violence and illicit markets. She is the author of What's Money Got to Do With It? (2009) and numerous articles in both academic and grassroots publications. She has produced a documentary Mateando en la Gran Manzana on Argentine immigration to New York. Alys Willman has worked in a dozen countries throughout Latin America with NGOs, the United Nations and the World Bank. She holds a doctorate in Urban and Public Policy from The New School University in New York.


Introduction: Beyond the Sex in Sex Work - Alys Willman and Antonia Levy Part I: Beyond Divides: New Frameworks for Understanding the Sex Industry 1. Sex Work Now: What the Blurring Boundaries around the Sex Industry Means for Sex Work, Research and Activism - Barbara G. Brents and Kathryn Hausbeck 2. The (Crying) Need for Different Kinds of Research - Laura Agustin 3. The Meaning of the Whore: How Feminist Theories on Prostitution Shape Research on Female Sex Workers - Juline A. Koken Part II: Managing Multiple Roles 4. To Love, Honour, and Strip: An Investigation of Exotic Dancer Romantic Relationships - Mindy S. Bradley-Engen and Carrie M. Hobbs 5. Sex and the Unspoken in Male Street Prostitution - Kerwin Kaye 6. enforced ab/normalcy: the sexworker hijras and the (re)appropriation of s/he identity - Mashrur Shahid Hossain Part III: Money and Sex 7. Let's Talk About Money - Alys Willman 8. Show Me the Money: A Sex Worker Reflects on Research into the Sex Industry - Jo Weldon 9. Selling Sex: Women's Participation in the Sex Industry - Melissa Petro Part IV: Sex Work and the State 10. Pimping the Pueblo: State Regulated Commercial Sex in Neoliberal Mexico - Patty Kelly 11. Deviant Girls, Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and the Regulation of German Sex Workers - Anne Doelemeyer, Rebecca Pates, Daniel Schmidt 12. Sex Work, Communities and Public Policy in the UK - Maggie O'Neill and Jane Pitcher Part V: Organizing Beyond Divides 13. Sex Workers' Rights Activism in Europe: Orientations from Brussels - Giulia Garofalo Conclusion: Pushing Boundaries in Sex Work Activism and Research - Melissa Ditmore

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848134331
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781848134331
  • ISBN10: 1848134339

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