This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Chapter 27: Criminalise Women Buying Sex? Neo-Abolitionist Influence on Australian Politics and Media Consumers

Criminalise Women Buying Sex? Neo-Abolitionist Influence on Australian Politics and Media Consumers

Criminalise women buying sex? neo-abolitionist influence on australian politics and media consumers
Hilary Caldwell John de Wit


An ideological position seeking to abolish the services of sex workers has developed as a dominant discourse and specifically strives to criminalise buying sex while assisting those selling sex to exit the industry (Östergren, 2017). In some academic and sex positive literature, those advocating this form of abolishment are known as neo-abolitionists. Neo-abolitionists have successfully promoted an anti-prostitution agenda in many parts of the world. For instance, through a policy transformation in the United States, anti-trafficking strategies place conditions on supplying foreign aid only to ‘recipients’ with ...

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