The Prostitute and the State

Victoria Harris

in Selling Sex in the Reich

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199578573
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722936 | DOI:
The Prostitute and the State

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This chapter focuses on the interaction between prostitutes and the state agencies charged with controlling them, in particular, the development of, and rivalry between, the two major institutions dedicated to prostitution management: the police and the social workers. It asks not only how each of these agencies interacted with prostitutes, but also how they dealt with each other. How did competition for resources between these two types of bureaucrats affect prostitutes? Did prostitutes prefer one agency to the other? If so, why? How did changing theories of deviance and worth affect bureaucrats' approaches to prostitution management?

Keywords: police; regulation; social workers; welfare state; asocials; concentration camps; sterilization; Käthe Petersen; rescue homes; incarceration

Chapter.  16568 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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