Prostitution Research in Context: Methodology, Representation and Power

Marlene Spanger (Editor), May-Len Skilbrei (Editor)

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The starting point for this book is the question of how we research sex for sale and the implications of the choices we make in terms of epistemology and ethics. Which dilemmas and ethical aspects need to be taken into account when producing qualitative data within a highly politicised and moral-infected realm? These two questions are exactly what Spanger and Skilbrei aim to unpack in this unusual interdisciplinary methodology book, Prostitution Research in Context.

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9781138909489
ISBN (Electronic)9781315692586
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
SeriesInterdisciplinary studies in sex for sale


  • sex for sale
  • sex work
  • methodology
  • gender
  • Feminist theory
  • affectivity
  • method

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