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Regulating Sex / Work: From Crime Control to Neo-liberalism?

Jane Scoular (Editor), Teela Sanders (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3362-6
236 pages
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Regulating Sex/Work: From Crime Control to Neo-liberalism? addresses the rise in sexual commerce and consumption by challenging traditional responses and offering a fresh approach to sex industry regulation
  • Examines different forms of sex regulation by utilizing examples from a range of sex markets in the UK, France, USA, Australia, and India
  • Theorizes the apparent paradox that the increase in punitive approaches to regulating the sex industry is fueling a rise in supply, demand, and diversification of the sex industry
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Changing Social and Legal Context of Sexual Commerce: Why Regulation Matters (Jane Scoular and Teela Sanders).

2. What's Law Got To Do With It? How and Why Law Matters in the Regulation of Sex Work (Jane Scoular).

3. Mainstreaming the Sex Industry: Economic Inclusion and Social Ambivalence (Barbara G. Brents and Teela Sanders).

4. The Movement to Criminalise Sex Work in the United States (Ronald Weitzer).

5. When (Some) Prostitution is Legal: The Impact of Law Reform on Sex Work in Australia (Barbara Sullivan).

6. Labours in Vice or Virtue? Neo-Liberalism, Sexual Commerce, and the Case of Indian Bar Dancing (Prabha Kotiswaran).

7. Male Sex Work: Exploring Regulation in England and Wales (Mary Whowell).

8. Bellwether Citizens: The Regulation of Male Clients of Sex Workers (Belinda Brooks-Gordon).

9. Extreme Concern: Regulating `Dangerous Pictures' in the United Kingdom (Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith).

10. Consuming Sex: Socio-legal Shifts in the Space and Place of Sex Shops (Baptiste Coulmont and Phil Hubbard).

11. Cultural Criminology and Sex Work: Resisting Regulation through Radical Democracy and Participatory Action Research (PAR) (Maggie O'Neill).

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Author Information

Jane Scoular is Reader in Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK.

Teela Sanders is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK.

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