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.

The Cultural Context of Commerce and Sex

The cultural context of commerce and sex

This chapter will explore the cultural context within which the sex industries exist and the complexities of the different types of sex markets. The first section explores why the cultural context of the sex industry is a necessary lens through which commercial sex should be analysed. Second, an outline of the different types of markets is given, including the definitions of ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ sex work. Third, the different types of actors that perform roles in the sex industry are described. Fourth, the occupational cultures of different sex markets are sketched out in order to demonstrate the ways in which venues and markets are organized. Fifth, we provide an overview of the ...

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