The growth of AIDS has focused renewed attention on the institution of prostitution. In contrast to the moral panic reaction of some sectors of society, very different initiatives are being displayed by other groups in relation to the need to scrutinize the social, moral and legal status of prostitution and to reflect on the arguments in support of and against legalising brothels, paying particular concern to prostitutes' own health.
Rethinking Prostitution covers male as well as female sex workers and considers in detail their status in law; drugs; issues of health and health care; the changing nature of sex work; partners, boyfriends and pimps; and the potential for redefining prostitution.
By drawing on the expertise of researchers across all aspects of the industry, this up-to-date text focuses on an institution and industry ripe for re-assessment.
Rethinking Prostitution will be of considerable interest to students, lecturers and researchers in medical sociology and women's studies as well as to social workers in training and practice.
'Broad in scope yet detailed in analysis, Rethinking Prostitution is to be recommended as a highly informative exposition of contemporary research and thought concerning the sex industry in its many facets and manifestations.' - Community Care
'Extremely accessible and a particularly helpful reference for students of sociology and criminology, or those academics approaching the issue of prostitution for the first time … many of the myths and stereotypes of prostitution and prostitute-women are broken down and challenged.' - British Journal of Criminology