Jo Phoenix

in Regulating sex for sale

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303169 | DOI:

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This chapter addresses a number of questions on prostitution policy and its reform generally. It provides answers to the problem of how to critique or engage with policy in a field where the key signifier (that is, prostitution) is one which is both highly contested and, as argued in the Introduction, capable of signifying almost any type of social anxiety about sex, danger, violence, and community destruction. The chapter discusses the second dominant theme that arises from this volume, which is ‘evidence’. It notes that this issue is not unique to prostitution-policy reform and has been a theme in critical engagement with New Labour's policy making for a number of years – especially in relation to criminal-justice policy. The chapter explores the final theme to arise from this book, which is the relationship between ‘policy’ or ‘regulation’ and ‘the problem’ of prostitution.

Keywords: prostitution policy; reform; evidence; New Labour; criminal justice; policy; regulation; problem of prostitution

Chapter.  3701 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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