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.

Ethnographic Study of Community-Based Sex Work among Nats

Ethnographic Study of Community-Based Sex Work among Nats

Ethnographic study of community-based sex work among Nats

Women belonging to Nat, Rajnat, Bedia, Kanjar communities of Rajasthan have been practicing commercial sex for a long time. Historically, Nat women were known for their song and dance performances especially on festive occasions such as weddings or in the case of a birth in the house. They were gifted with cash and kind for their traditional skills, demonstrated in the form of song and dance. They were part of the Jajmani system and had relationship of ‘Jajman-Jachak’ (pattern and performer) in the traditional social structure.

Women, particularly, belonging to caste Nat used to perform Notanki, street plays, dance and music, and were involved in prostitution as well. Rajnats, a clan ...

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