Many commentators have attempted to analyze and explain the nature of prostitution. However this is the first textbook to offer a complete overview of the way it operates within contemporary society, its characteristics, organizational structures, and cultural contexts. The book also explores how criminal, social, and health policies have sought to regulate and control the selling of sex. Written by leading experts with over 20 years’ experience in researching and teaching on the field, this is a must for all criminology, criminal justice, and sociology students taking modules in sex industry and prostitution studies.
Chapter 10: Researching the Sex Industry
Researching the Sex Industry
This final chapter will explore a range of methodological issues relating to researching the sex industry. Starting off with feminist epistemologies and models of research, the chapter will then lead on to look at key ethical issues when researching a sensitive topic and a hidden population. As the sex industry is increasingly popular as a dissertation topic for level three undergraduates, this chapter will include a section specifically focused on what is feasible, useful and appropriate research at this level.
Feminist Epistemologies and Researching the Sex Industry
While there is an extensive literature on social science research methodology and practice, only since the 1970s have feminist critiques of the construction of knowledge and research within the academic mainstream emerged (Reinharz, ...