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.

Elusive Choice and Agency: A Feminist Re-Reading of the Sex Workers' Manifesto

Elusive Choice and Agency: A Feminist Re-Reading of the Sex Workers' Manifesto

Elusive choice and agency: A feminist re-reading of the sex workers' manifesto

The Sex Worker's Manifesto (1997) is a unique politico-moral document of the recent times. Unprecedented as it is, it also comes at a time when the organized movement of industrial workers seems to have been pulverized by the dominant order of capital and also from possibly the least expected quarters that had remained largely invisible and inert all these years in matters of one's rights and choices. Today, when the workers’ community or the women's movement finds such written call for action nearly outmoded or at the most cavalier, the sex workers of Kolkata have produced a written manifesto to proclaim their ...

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