Rethinking Prostitution: Purchasing Sex in the 1990s

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Graham Scambler, Annette Scambler
Psychology Press, 1997 - Psychology - 222 pages
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The growth of AIDS has focused renewed attention on the institution of prostitution. In contrast to the moral panic reaction of some sectors of society, very different initiatives are being displayed by other groups in relation to the need to scrutinize the social, moral and legal status of prostitution and to reflect on the arguments in support of and against legalising brothels, paying particular concern to prostitutes' own health.
Rethinking Prostitution covers male as well as female sex workers and considers in detail their status in law; drugs; issues of health and health care; the changing nature of sex work; partners, boyfriends and pimps; and the potential for redefining prostitution.
By drawing on the expertise of researchers across all aspects of the industry, this up-to-date text focuses on an institution and industry ripe for re-assessment.
Rethinking Prostitution will be of considerable interest to students, lecturers and researchers in medical sociology and women's studies as well as to social workers in training and practice.
 

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Contents

Prostitute women now
3
Prostitute men now
29
a human rights issue
57
Campaigning for legal change
83
Part HI The business of selling
105
Boyfriendspimps and clients
121
new perspectives
139
Alcohol drugs and social milieu
164
Rethinking prostitution
180
References
193
Index
213
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Graham Scambler is a professor of sociology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at University College, London.

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