v.8, 2010, Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers

Sex workers throughout the world share a uniquely maligned mystique that simultaneously positions them as sexually desirable and socially stigmatized. In order to better understand how these processes function cross-culturally, ‘Demystifying Sex Work and Sex Workers’ combines thirteen articles by scholar-activists and sex workers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and the U.S. that focus on the everyday lives of sex workers, broadly defined as those who exchange sexual services for something of value. Papers in this issue locate sex workers as actors and agents despite pervasive social messages and discourses to the contrary.

Table of Contents

Special Issue

Editorial PDF
Susan Dewey
‘Yeah, he’s my Daddy’: Linguistic Constructions of Fictive Kinships in a Street-Level Sex Work Community ABSTRACT PDF
Kathleen Weinkauf
Flavia Zalwango, Lina Eriksson, Janet Seeley, Sarah Nakamanya, Judtih Vandepitte, Heiner Grosskurth
Complexity of Female Sex Workers’ Collective Actions in Postsocialist China ABSTRACT PDF
Tiantian Zheng
Fare Tales and Fairy Tails: How Gay Sex Tourism is Shaping the Brazilian Dream ABSTRACT PDF
Gregory Mitchell
Agents or Victims? Youth Sex Workers on the U.S.-Mexico Border ABSTRACT PDF
Yasmina Katsulis
Our Lady of Help: Sex, Tourism and Transnational Movements in Copacabana ABSTRACT PDF
Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette, Ana Paula Silva
Focusing on the child, not the prostitute: shifting the emphasis in accounts of child prostitution ABSTRACT PDF
Heather Kate Montgomery
“Some of Them, They Do Right; Some of Them, They Do Wrong”: Moral Ambiguity and the Criteria for Help among Street Sex Workers ABSTRACT PDF
Jill Linnette McCracken
Illegal Lives, Loves, and Work: The Effects of Criminalization on Sex Workers in Canada ABSTRACT PDF
Emily van der Meulen
The Consequences of Arbitrary and Selective Enforcement of Prostitution Laws ABSTRACT PDF
Norma Jean Almodovar
Negotiating contradictory expectations: Stories from ‘secret’ sex workers in Andhra Pradesh ABSTRACT PDF
Annie George
Writing sex work online: the case of Belle de Jour ABSTRACT PDF
Debra Ferreday
Sex work for the soul ABSTRACT PDF
Lucinda Blissbomb
From the Field PDF
Various Authors

General Issue

Gender and Health: A Social Movement’s Agenda for Big Pharma ABSTRACT PDF
Margaret Grieco

Book Reviews

Review of Lydia’s open door: Inside Mexico’s most modern brothel by Patty Kelly, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. PDF
Jenny Heineman
Review of Economies of desire: Sex and tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic by Amalia Cabezas, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009. PDF
Erica Lorraine Williams
Review of The dancing girls of Lahore: Selling love and saving dreams in Pakistan’s ancient pleasure district by Louise Brown, London, Harper Perennial, 2009. PDF
Treena Orchard
Review of What’s money got to do with it? Risky behavior in commercial sex work in Managua, Nicaragua by Alys Willman, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009. PDF
Chimaraoke Izugbara
Review of The state of sex: Tourism, sex and sin in the new American heartland by Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson and Kathryn Hausbeck, New York: Routledge, 2010 PDF
Lorraine Nencel