Understanding Sex for Sale: Meanings and Moralities of Sexual Commerce

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

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Abstract

This book Understanding Sex for Sale: Meanings and Moralities of Sexual Commerce is dedicated to the exploration of the ways in which sex prostitution, sex work or sex for sale are taken for granted by particularly looking at how the relation between sex and money is interpreted and enacted. This interdisciplinary book aims to understand how prostitution, sex work or sex for sale are defined, delineated, contested and understood in different places and times.

The book offers contributions from a number of scholars who, based on their on their own research, discuss on going theoretical issues and analytical challenges Some chapters focuses on how prostitution, sex work or sex for sale have been regulated by the authorities and what understandings this regulation builds on. Other chapters investigate the experiences of the sex workers and sex buyers asking how these actors adjust to or resist the categorisation processes, control and stigma they are subjected to, while a third group of chapters discuss contemporary definitional issues produced by various actors tasked with controlling prostitution or offering social services to its participants. Looking at how prostitution is defined and problematised at different times and in different cultural and societal settings is a way to identify logics and to disclose what at any time is taken for granted in how society approaches prostitution, sex for sale or sex work.
The book will appeal to international scholars and students from across the social sciences and humanities in areas such as sociology, anthropology, criminology, human geography and history as well as migration studies and gender studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages218
ISBN (Print)9781138092969
ISBN (Electronic)9781315107172
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesInterdisciplinary studies in sex for sale

Bibliographical note

The problem of prostitution, sex work or sex for sale can often be misunderstood, if we do not take into consideration its spatial, temporal and political context.

Understanding Sex for Sale aims to understand how prostitution, sex work or sex for sale are delineated, contested and understood in different spaces, places and times; with a particular focus on identifying how the relation between sex and money is interpreted and enacted. Divided into three parts, this interdisciplinary volume offers contributions that discuss ongoing theoretical issues and analytical challenges. Some chapters focus on how prostitution, sex work, or sex for sale have been regulated by the authorities and on the understandings that regulations are built upon. Other chapters investigate the experiences of sex workers and sex buyers, examining how these actors adjust to or resist the categorisation processes, control and stigma they are subjected to. Finally, a third group of chapters discuss contemporary definitional issues produced by various actors tasked with controlling prostitution or offering social services to its participants.

Advancing and placing analytical tools at the forefront of the discussion, Understanding Sex for Sale appeals to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers interested in fields such as, sociology, anthropology, criminology, history, human geography and gender studies.

Digging under the common misperceptions that inform our unease with sex and money, Skilbrei and Spanger’s collection rethinks scholarly theory and provides practical tools for policy makers, scholars and activists in addressing sex for sale.
Barbara Brents, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

This book is a must read. As a collection, it offers something unique, scholarly and very original. It shows the multiplicity of meanings, all contextually bound, ascribed to prostitution. Essential reading for scholars, campaigners, students and researchers.
Jo Phoenix, Professor in Criminology, Open University, UK

Keywords

  • sex for sale
  • prostitution
  • money
  • sex work
  • migration
  • cultural studies
  • governmentality
  • racialisation
  • urban space
  • Ethnography work

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