Journal Article

Collaborating With Sex Workers in Oral History

Wendy Rickard

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 30, issue 1, pages 47-59
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI:
Collaborating With Sex Workers in Oral History

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It took several decades for sex workers to become true speakers, rather than testifiers to the speech of others. Tensions understandably remain about sharing authority with oral historians. This article reflects on attempts to share authority in setting up, funding, organizing, and publishing from a UK sex work project. It questions whether commitment to share authority compromises scholarship and theoretical development, and how an oral historian's role is affected by a parallel advocacy role. It explores the formation and boundaries of collaborative relationships and briefly raises the issue of crossing legal boundaries in less orthodox project work and implications for ethical permissions.

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Subjects: Oral History

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