Not A Sob Story: Transitioning Out of Sex Work

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Title: Not A Sob Story: Transitioning Out of Sex Work
Authors: Law, Tuulia
Date: 2011
Abstract: Although it has been argued that indoor workers in fact make up the majority of the sex industry, most of the literature on the transition out of sex work has looked at street-based workers. This interview-based qualicative research project aims to fill that gap. As such, this thesis examines the trajectories, challenges ans strategies of women who transitioned or are in the process of transitioning from criminalized indoor sex work (escorting, erotic massage and domination) to the mainstream labour market. Using Ebaugh's role exit theory and Goffman's conceptualization of stigma, intersectional feminist analysis and labour theory, I position the transition as a re-negotiation of self, involving conflicts in identity and class location. My findings suggest that the transition out of sex work is charactized by multiple, parallel work trajectories, wherein the women were successfully able to transfer skills they had acquired in sex work to the mainstream labour market.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/26033
CollectionÉtudes féministes et de genre - Mémoires // Feminist and Gender Studies – Research Papers
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