Prostitution, gentrification, and the limits of neighbourhood space

Phil Hubbard, Rosie Campbell, Maggie O'Neill, Jane Pitcher and Jane Scoular

in Securing an urban renaissance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348159
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303329 | DOI:
Prostitution, gentrification, and the limits of neighbourhood space

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This chapter examines the impact of gentrification and prostitution on urban neighbourhood space. The studies in five British cities suggest there are a multitude of tensions that may arise in areas of street sex working, and, irrespective of the cause of these tensions, the result is a differentiated landscape of tolerance. The chapter argues that the social disruption caused by gentrification may pre-empt and provoke concerted campaigns of enforcement and social exclusion. It also discusses community response to sex work and looks at sex work in the context of urban regeneration.

Keywords: gentrification; prostitution; urban neighbourhood; British cities; street sex work; tolerance; social exclusion; urban regeneration

Chapter.  5971 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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