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Sex Workers and Criminalization in North America and China: Ethical and Legal Issues in Exclusionary Regimes: 2016

Sex Workers and Criminalization in North America and China: Ethical and Legal Issues in Exclusionary Regimes: 2016 (Paperback)

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Sex work continues to provoke controversial legal and public policy debates world-wide that raise fundamental questions about the state's role in protecting individual rights, status quo social relations, and public health. This book unites ethnographic research from China, Canada, and the United States to argue that criminalization results in a totalizing set of negative consequences for sex workers' health, safety, and human rights. Such consequences are enabled through the operations of an exclusionary regime, a dense coalescence of punitive forces that involves both governance, in the form of the criminal justice system and other state agents, and dynamic interpersonal encounters in which individuals both enforce and negotiate stigma-related discrimination against sex workers. Chapter Two demonstrates how criminalization harms sex workers by isolating their work to potentially dangerous locations, fostering mistrust of authority figures, further limiting their abilities to find legal work and housing, and restricting possibilities for collective rights-based organizing.

Criminalized sex workers report police harassment, seizure of condoms, and adversarial police-sex worker relations that enable others to abuse them with impunity. Chapter Three describes how sex workers negotiate these restrictions on their rights and personal autonomy via their arrest avoidance and client management strategies, self-treatment of health issues, selective mutual aid, rights-based organizing, and entrenchment in sex work or other criminalized activities. Chapter Four describes how researchers working in countries or locales that criminalize sex work face ethical concerns as well as barriers to their work at the practical, institutional, and political levels.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG Publication Date: 12/12/2015 ISBN-13: 9783319257617  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Anthropologist Susan Dewey is an Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, sex work, and public policy. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Tiantian Zheng is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at State University of New York, Cortland. Her book Red Lights is the Winner of the 2010 Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women's Studies Association for the significant contribution to the topic of women and labor. Her book Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary China is the Winner of the 2011 Research Publication Book Award from the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States. Treena Orchard is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Studies and an Affiliate in Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. An anthropologist with cultural and medical expertise, she has conducted ethnographic research with women in sex work, people with HIV/AIDS, Aboriginal populations, and those of sexual minority status across Canada and in India. Her areas of special research interest include sexuality and sex work, gender, marginalization, and the politics of health. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Western University. She is also involved in local and national activism related to the rights of women and other marginalized populations. Tonia St. Germain holds a has a J.D. from Antioch School of Law and is the former Director of Gender Studies at Eastern Oregon University.

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