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NCJ Number: 197574 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Troubles: The Entanglement of Agency, Violence, and Law in the Lives of Women in Prostitution (From Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice: Original Feminist Readings, P 60-76, 2001, Claire Renzetti and Lynne Goodstein, eds. -- See NCJ-197570)
Author(s): Lisa Sanchez
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Roxbury Publishing Co.
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
Sale Source: Roxbury Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 491044
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the intersection of prostitution and victimization in the lives of five women involved in prostitution is drawn from a broader ethnographic study conducted with prostitutes, their customers, and police officers in one American city over a 5-year period.
Abstract: The findings of this study suggest that prostitution is a social practice that is characterized by both active participation in illicit sexual exchanges and routine subjection to violence. One section of this chapter identifies the roots of sexual regulation in the legal institutionalization of separate-spheres ideology and in the history of American sex law. This section discusses how the identity of the prostitute is shaped in the legal process and is used in the enforcement of prostitution and prostitution procurement or solicitation laws. Another section of this chapter explores the daily life narratives of women involved in prostitution, with attention to the relationship between active participation in prostitution and victimization experiences. This is followed by a section of the chapter that contrasts the regulatory practices of local police officers with participants' knowledge of practices. The chapter concludes with a consideration of how subjection to multiple forms of legal and sexual discipline and exploitation illustrated in the daily life narratives of the study participants might inform a more complex and situational conceptual framework for understanding female crime and punishment. 45 references, 5 notes, and 4 discussion questions
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Juvenile prostitution; Prostitution; Prostitution causes; Runaways; Victims of violent crime
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