New PDF release: Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in

By Prabha Kotiswaran

Popular representations of third-world intercourse employees as intercourse slaves and vectors of HIV have spawned abolitionist criminal reforms which are destructive and useless, and public overall healthiness projects that supply in simple terms marginal safety of intercourse staff' rights. during this e-book, Prabha Kotiswaran asks how we would comprehend intercourse employees' calls for that they be handled as employees. She contemplates questions of redistribution via legislations in the intercourse via interpreting the political economies and felony ethnographies of 2 archetypical city intercourse markets in India.

Kotiswaran performed in-depth fieldwork between intercourse employees in Sonagachi, Kolkata's biggest red-light zone, and Tirupati, a temple city in southern India. offering new insights into the lives of those women--many of whom are tough the glory and criminal security that different employees get--Kotiswaran builds a persuasive theoretical case for spotting those women's sexual exertions. relocating past usual feminist discourse on prostitution, she attracts on a severe family tree of materialist feminism for its subtle vocabulary of girl reproductive and sexual hard work, and makes use of a felony realist method of express why criminalization can't be successful amid the casual social networks and financial buildings of intercourse markets. according to this, Kotiswaran assesses the law's redistributive power via studying the prospective monetary outcomes of partial decriminalization, entire decriminalization, and legalization. She concludes with a idea of intercourse paintings from a postcolonial materialist feminist perspective.

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