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Sex Work, Labour, and Empowerment
Lessons from the Informal Entertainment Sector in Nepal

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ISBN 9780367742492
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents an analysis of the concepts of female empowerment and resilience against violence in the informal entertainment and sex industries.

Generally, the key debates on sex work have centred around arguments proposed by the oppressive and empowerment paradigms. This book moves away from such debates to look widely at the micro issues such as the role of income in the lives of sex workers, the significance of peer organisations and networks of women and how resilience is enacted and empowerment experienced. It also uses positive deviancy theory as a useful strategy to bring about notable changes in terms of empowerment and agency for women working in this sector and also for addressing with wider issues of migration, HIV/AIDS and violence against women and girls. The focus is on moving beyond a victimisation framework without downplaying the extent of violence against women in this industry experience. It conceptualises the theories of empowerment and power which have not been tested against women who work in this sector combined with in-depth interviews with women working in the industry as well as academics, activists, and personnel in the NGO and donor sector. In doing so, it informs the reader of the numerous social, political and economic factors that structure and sustain the global growth of the industry and analyses the diverse factors that lead many thousands of women and girls around the world to work in this sector. 

The work presents an important contribution to the study of citizenship and rights from a non-western angle and will be of interest to academics, researchers and policy-makers across Human Rights, Sociology, Economics and Development Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Impact of Nepal’s Maoist Conflict on Women

3. Social Norms, Masculinity, and Violence

4. Women & Empowerment in Nepal’s Sex and Informal Entertainment Industry

5. Resilience of Women in Nepal’s Sex and Informal Entertainment Industry

6. Positive Deviance Among Nepal’s Sex and Informal Entertainment Workers

7. Peer Networks & Capacity Building

8. COVID-19 and the Human Rights Movement of Sex Workers in Nepal

9. Conclusion

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Sutirtha Sahariah is an independent development consultant and a researcher focusing on issues of gender, migration, sanitation, human rights and violence in South Asia. He has previously worked as a freelance journalist and covered stories on human trafficking, gender and development for The Guardian (UK), BBC, NewsDeeply, Dutch Public Radio & Television, NPR.