The prostitute and the client : challenging the dualisms

Carpenter, Belinda J. (1998) The prostitute and the client : challenging the dualisms. Women's Studies International Forum, 21(4), pp. 387-399.

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Certain ways of knowing the prostitute and the client predominate. He is understood through the discourse of sexology, she is understood through the discourses of psychology, psychoanalysis, economics and feminism. However, while the prostitute and the client appear to be known through unrelated and diverse discourses, such ways of knowing are organised through the dualisms of sex and gender, victim and agent, mind and body. Moreover, these ways of knowing are directly related to popular discourse, policy and legislation on the topic. This paper examines the relationship between ways of knowing the prostitute and the client, and political action in Australia. it argues that inadequate theoretical conceptualisations are often at the heart of poorly conceived praxis - in this case Australian policy and legislation. This paper will demonstrate that re-thinking the theory can lead to new ways of acting.

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ID Code: 29018
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: prostitute, client, prostitution, selling sex, buying sex
DOI: 10.1016/S0277-5395(98)00041-7
ISSN: 0277-5395
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2009 23:35
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 15:58

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