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Prostitution

Melissa Hope Ditmore

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online April 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396607-0113
Prostitution

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Prostitution is usually understood as a sexual exchange for gain. The term “sex work” was coined to avoid the stigma associated with prostitution and to emphasize the fact that sexual commerce generates income, like other work. Sexual exchange is depicted in classical art and literature and has been a topic of scholarship. Scholarship on sex work has traditionally been dominated by discussions of the topic as a social problem, deviance, or vector of disease. However, more recent scholarship innovatively addresses burnout and coping, in addition to a small but widely cited number of articles addressing trauma. There is a growing body of work produced by sex workers, starting with prostitutes’ memoirs but now including sex workers on research teams and producing magazines and informational websites. Far more literature exists, even when limited to the very best examples, than can be included in this bibliography. Therefore, it is recommended that this bibliography be seen as a starting point rather than a complete list of worthwhile reading on a topic that intersects every sector of every society. Items that merit more attention and newer work expanding scholarship in new directions have been prioritized. Most of the selections feature citations offering additional material for more in-depth investigation. Each item is listed only once, but because prostitution and sex work are not discrete but instead overlap with every sector of society and form microcosms within many social concerns, many selections could be placed in more than one section. These have been included in the best-fitting section, although in some cases other decisions regarding classification could well have been justified.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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