Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

Markets, Histories and Grass-Root Evidences: Economics of Sex Work in India

Markets, Histories and Grass-Root Evidences: Economics of Sex Work in India

Markets, histories and grass-root evidences: Economics of sex work in India
RohiniSahni and V.KalyanShankar

Prostitutes stand at the flash point of marriage and market, taking sex into the street and money into the bedroom. Flagrantly and publicly demanding money for sexual services that men expect for free, prostitutes insist on exhibiting their sex work as having economic value (McClintock, 1992).

What is it that essentially constitutes the economics of sex work today? In terms of the exchange, it is the economic value of the sexual services provided and availed. Starting from soliciting for a customer, to finding one, to negotiating a price and concluding with the service by itself, one can identify the series of events that ...

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