Making it Work: The Prostitute's Rights Movement in Perspective

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Aldine de Gruyter, 1993 - Psychology - 150 pages
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"As its double-edged title suggests, Making It Work examines the "oldest profession" as just that: a service industry with professional sex workers. This reframing of prostitution is done by chronicling the evolution of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), the leading organization of the contemporary prostitutes' rights movement. Founded in the early 1970s, a period of intense and far-reaching change in American sexual mores, COYOTE sought from the beginning to claim ownership of the "problem" of prostitution from the traditional experts." "In its first campaign, California-based COYOTE engaged local law enforcement and municipal government officials in debate over selective and discriminatory enforcement of criminal law. In its next stage of development, COYOTE joined in the feminist debates on violence against women and the right of women to control their bodies, linking the question of prostitution to the larger issues of women's rights. In recent years, prostitutes' rights organizations have countered assertions that prostitutes are spreading AIDS and these organizations now constitute a link between prostitutes and public health agencies." "The book adds an important practical and theoretical voice to the issues of prostitution, pornography, and sexuality within contemporary feminism. Furthermore, in reconstructing prostitution as a social problem, it speaks more broadly to the notion of deviance, and how so-called deviants can act to frame the debates that affect their lives."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Making It Work is a great book by gifted writer Valerie Jenness. It is very well written and I recommend it to all the readers who are eager to get a deeper insight about the rights of prostitutes.

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Valerie Jenness is a great author who has penned down several books highlighting popular topics. Her book titled “Making It Work” is one of her best works that talks about the human rights of prostitutes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it gave me a new perspective!

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About the author (1993)

Valerie Jenness is chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement Practice (with Ryken Grattet, 2001) and Making it Work: The Prostitutes' Rights Movement in Perspective (1993).

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