Governing Prostitution: New Formations, Old Agendas

Phoenix, J (2007) Governing Prostitution: New Formations, Old Agendas. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 22(2), pp. 73-94.

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Recent governmentality literature distinguishes between government from above and government “from below” in an attempt to avoid “top-down” analyzes of state-centered government and to acknowledge the multiple and diverse ways in which the governance is achieved. By analyzing key shifts and changes in the regulation of prostitution in the UK in the last three decades, it is possible to complicate the distinction between the two modes of government. Whilst some writers highlight the ways in which government from above and below become increasingly blurred, this article argues that although the agendas and modes of government from above and below are difficult to disentangle, the effects on sex workers are not. Regulation remains rooted within coercive and punitive state-centered criminal justice responses, even though organizations “from below” may well be the very organizations tasked by the state with carried out those responses.

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ID Code: 51915
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0829-3201
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:39
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 02:31

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