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.

What does a Language have to Say? Words for Prostitution in Marathi Vocabulary

What does a Language have to Say? Words for Prostitution in Marathi Vocabulary

What does a language have to say? Words for prostitution in Marathi vocabulary
HemantApte and RohiniSahni

Cultural traits are mirrored through language. The vocabulary of a language develops through coinage, borrowing from other languages and cultures as well as preservation from different cultural and historical contexts. Words that emerge as a result reflect the subtler nuances of these contexts in which they have emerged.

Marathi, a language with a history that dates back to over 700 years, and which is currently the language spoken in Maharashtra, has accumulated over 200 words that are synonymous to a ‘fallen’ woman, or a veshya (prostitute). The objective of this study was to identify words that signified heterosexual relations ...

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