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Victims, criminals or workers? : contested identities of women in the indoor sex trade / by Menaka Raguparan.

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Canadian Policing Research



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Contested identities of women in the indoor sex trade




Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-117).


1 online resource (v, 117 pages)


"February 23, 2010".
Thesis (M.A.)--Carleton University, 2010.


"Women's participation in the sex trade industry has always been a subject of contention, with conflicting representations. In this study, drawing on in-depth, face-to-face interviews with ten independent in-call and/or out-call sex workers, I seek to understand the distinctive names and meanings attributed to the identities of sex workers. Driving on divergent analytical concepts such as legal consciousness, respectability, self creation and the intersection between gender, race, class and sexuality I chart participants' perceptions and interpretations of the classifications inscribed to them by legal, political, and the civil society. Moving beyond existing languages and discourses that are particularly used to define, name and characterize women's involvement in the sex industry, in this study I highlight the fluidity and complexities of personal, social and political identities of the ten sex workers."--Page ii.


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1. Introduction. -- 2. Formation of polarized social categories. -- 3. Sex trade, sex work and social relations. -- 4. Criminal-legal subject position. -- 5. Political actions and the "Sex" "Work" dualism. -- 6. Fluidity of identities. --
Appendix A. Letter of information and consent form. -- Appendix B. Oral script. -- Appendix C. Sample interview questions. -- Appendix D. Advertisment [sic] poster. -- Appendix E. Ethics approval.

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