What is the diversity of perspectives on sex work in India today? This edited volume addresses this question through its sections on feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic-legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections.
The first section explores the space for women in prostitution within mainstream feminist discourse in India, and the way it has evolved over time. The second section emphasizes on the heterogeneity of sex work practices with their historical vestiges, contemporary manifestations and urban-rural contrasts. The third section examines the interface of society and prostitution, tracing economic and social undercurrents, health concerns and legal regulations. The final section focuses on the bearings of prostitution on the cultural spheres of literature, language, cinema, theatre and media.
In addition to rigorous academic research, this volume also pools in case studies, live discussions and interviews, drawing the experience of a wide spectrum of professionals and organizations working with sex workers.
This book is a must-read for professionals and academicians in the fields of Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health and Social Work.
SAGE Publications; July 2008
- ISBN: 9788132100362
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Prostitution and Beyond
- Author: Rohini Sahni (ed.); V. Kalyan Shankar (ed.); Hemant Apte (ed.)
Imprint: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
In The Press
The book is an extremely significant contribution to the existing body of literature on sexuality that provides useful theoretical perspectives accompanied by impressive empirical detail. The evocative textual and visual accounts along with the starkly graphic facts presented through the selection of case studies, commentaries and interviews reveal nuanced distinctions that are lost in conventional analytical framework or absent from tedious statistical analysis.