Policing Pleasure

Policing Pleasure

Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective

eBook - 2011
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From the publisher. Monica waits in the Anti-Venereal Medical Service of the Zona Galactica, the legal, state-run brothel where she works in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. Surrounded by other sex workers, she clutches the Sanitary Control Cards that deem her registered with the city, disease-free, and able to work. On the other side of the world, Min stands singing karaoke with one of her regular clients, warily eyeing the door lest a raid by the anti-trafficking Public Security Bureau disrupt their evening by placing one or both of them in jail. Whether in Mexico or China, sex work-related public policy varies considerably from one community to the next. A range of policies dictate what is permissible, many of them intending to keep sex workers themselves healthy and free from harm. Yet often, policies with particular goals end up having completely different consequences. Policing Pleasure examines cross-cultural public policies related to sex work, bringing together ethnographic studies from around the world -- from South Africa to India -- to offer a nuanced critique of national and municipal approaches to regulating sex work. Contributors offer new theoretical and methodological perspectives that move beyond already well-established debates between "abolitionists" and "sex workers' rights advocates" to document both the intention of public policies on sex work and their actual impact upon those who sell sex, those who buy sex, and public health more generally.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, Ă2011
ISBN: 9780814785102
0814785107
9780814785119
0814785115
0814785093
9780814785096
0814785085
9780814785089
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (x, 229 pages)
Additional Contributors: Kelly, Patty 1968-
Dewey, Susan

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