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.

Different Issues/Different Voices: Organization of Women in Prostitution in India

Different Issues/Different Voices: Organization of Women in Prostitution in India

Different issues/different voices: Organization of women in prostitution in India

The politics for the rights of women in prostitution is fraught with an acute divide regarding the articulation of prostitution. Can women only be coerced into prostitution, or can it be a choice and if so under what circumstances? Can prostitution be conceptualized as a legitimate form of work as any other, and what kind of work could it be? Should prostitution be seen only within the framework of sexual violence, or can it be a site for claiming sexual pleasure and freedom? These are the key issues raised by the autonomous organizations of women in prostitution, initiated in the 1970s in many advanced capitalist countries. ...

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