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Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex for Sale

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex for Sale is a new and exciting series emphasising innovative work on the complexities of sex for sale, its practices, the policies designed to regulate it and their effects. It covers both recent and historical developments with an aim to explore multidisciplinary and international perspectives, expand theoretical approaches, and analyse matters which are the subject of controversy and debate in this field.

We welcome submissions of single and co-authored books, as well as edited collections that address sex for sale, its practices and regulation, including those with a focus on: comparative analysis; multi-scalar approaches; methodological perspectives; cultural and economic contexts; and the policies concerned with the regulation of sex for sale.

This series emerges from, and intends to expand the work of the European Concerted Research COST Action IS1209 ‘Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol)’, a European network funded under Horizon 2020 (

Series Editors:

Isabel Crowhurst is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Her research lies at the intersection of sociology, criminology, and critical social policy and centres on the regulation, social control, and lived experiences of commercial sex practices and of intimacy. She has researched and published on the regulation of commercial sex and of intimate citizenship in contemporary Europe.

Rebecca Pates, Professor of Political Theory at Leipzig University and member of the Academia Europae, has managed a number of research grants on the governmentality of sex work and on trafficking for sexual exploitation, funded by the EU and the German Research Council. Her most recent research is on the malleability of nationalism in the German context. 

May-Len Skilbrei is Professor in Criminology at the University of Oslo, Norway. She works within the fields of criminology, gender studies, and sociology of law, and does research on the formulation and implementation of legislation and welfare policies on commercial sex and human trafficking nationally and regionally (the Nordic region), as well as on criminal justice approaches to sexual violence. She has published broadly on these topics.

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Reconfiguring Stigma in Studies of Sex for Sale

Reconfiguring Stigma in Studies of Sex for Sale

1st Edition

Edited By Jeanett Bjønness, Lorraine Nencel, May-Len Skilbrei
May 31, 2023

Reconfiguring Stigma in Studies of Sex for Sale is about the production and effects of stigma in sex work or prostitution with contributions from four continents and different disciplines that taken together explore how such stigma is conditioned by differences in time, place, citizenship, gender, ...

Trafficking and Sex Work Gender, Race and Public Order

Trafficking and Sex Work: Gender, Race and Public Order

1st Edition

Edited By Mathilde Darley
December 30, 2022

Set in different national contexts (Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Laos, Norway, Thailand) and in different social science disciplines, the chapters of this volume aim at questioning anti-trafficking policies and their practical impact on sex work regulation. Many actors, from media to ...

Third Sector Organizations in Sex Work and Prostitution Contested Engagements in Africa, the Americas and Europe

Third Sector Organizations in Sex Work and Prostitution: Contested Engagements in Africa, the Americas and Europe

1st Edition

By Isabel Crowhurst, Susan Dewey, Chimaraoke Izugbara
September 26, 2022

Third Sector Organizations in Sex Work and Prostitution is about sex work and prostitution third sector organizations (TSOs): non-governmental and non-profit organizations that provide support services to, and advocate for the well-being of people operating in the sex industries. With a focus on ...

Sex Work and Human Dignity Law, Politics and Discourse

Sex Work and Human Dignity: Law, Politics and Discourse

1st Edition

By Stewart Cunningham
May 30, 2022

The notion of human dignity is frequently, yet enigmatically, invoked in legal and political debates on sex work, where many people use it without much elaboration on exactly what they mean by it. Sex Work and Human Dignity: Law, Politics and Discourse sheds light on this enigma, by ...

Gendered Power Dynamics and Exotic Dance A Multilevel Analysis

Gendered Power Dynamics and Exotic Dance: A Multilevel Analysis

1st Edition

By Tina Deshotels, Craig Forsyth
September 16, 2021

Gendered Power Dynamics and Exotic Dance examines the social phenomenon of exotic dancing. Presenting a compelling multilevel analysis of dancer interactions, organizational practices, and institutional forces, this book challenges our understanding of sexuality and power. Centering the voices and...

Women Who Buy Sex Converging Sexualities?

Women Who Buy Sex: Converging Sexualities?

1st Edition

By Sarah Kingston, Natalie Hammond, Scarlett Redman
May 28, 2020

Drawing on empirical data from women who pay for sexual services and those who provide services to women, this ground-breaking study is the first of its kind in the UK, detailing the experiences of women who pay for sex in an explicit, direct, prearranged way. Unlike previous research on clients, ...

Understanding Sex for Sale Meanings and Moralities of Sexual Commerce

Understanding Sex for Sale: Meanings and Moralities of Sexual Commerce

1st Edition

Edited By May-Len Skilbrei, Marlene Spanger
January 14, 2020

The problem of prostitution, sex work or sex for sale can often be misunderstood, if we do not take into consideration its spatial, temporal and political context. Understanding Sex for Sale aims to understand how prostitution, sex work or sex for sale are delineated, contested and understood in ...

Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe

Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Synnøve Jahnsen, Hendrik Wagenaar
July 10, 2019

Once again, prostitution occupies a prominent position on public and political agendas, both nationally and internationally. A topic of concern and interest within social and academic realms, it is a highly moralised, contested issue that is at the centre of heated and drawn-out debates. With each...

Erotic Performance and Spectatorship New Frontiers in Erotic Dance

Erotic Performance and Spectatorship: New Frontiers in Erotic Dance

1st Edition

By Katy Pilcher
July 16, 2019

Erotic dance is one of the most contentious issues in feminist debates today and a source of fascination in media and popular cultural representations. Yet, why is it that we currently know so little about those who perform erotic dance for female customers, or the experiences of these spectators ...

Policing the Sex Industry Protection, Paternalism and Politics

Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics

1st Edition

Edited By Teela Sanders, Mary Laing
July 12, 2019

The exponential growth of sexual commerce, migration and movement of people into the sex industry, as well as localised concerns about transactional sex, are key areas of interest across the urban west. Given the complex regulatory frameworks under-which the sex industry manifests, the role of the ...

Prostitution Research in Context Methodology, Representation and Power

Prostitution Research in Context: Methodology, Representation and Power

1st Edition

Edited By Marlene Spanger, May-Len Skilbrei
July 10, 2019

The starting point for this book is the question of how we research sex for sale and the implications of the choices we make in terms of epistemology and ethics. Which dilemmas and ethical aspects need to be taken into account when producing qualitative data within a highly politicised and ...

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