Competition paper. Prostitution and public health in New South Wales

Scott, John (2003) Competition paper. Prostitution and public health in New South Wales. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 5(3), pp. 277-293.

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Using historical and contemporary resources, this paper provides a critical account of the contemporary governance of prostitution in New South Wales. A Foucauldian approach is used to analyse the ways in which prostitution has been problematized as a health issue and managed as a public health problem. The analysis differs from other critical studies of prostitution in that it examines specific techniques of power, the operations of which have not been confined to the workings of a repressive criminal justice system. It is shown that there currently co-exists two broad understandings of prostitution in New South Wales, Australia, which have informed current initiatives to manage prostitution. Prostitutes working in public spaces have been presented as sexual agents wilfully engaged in criminal conduct and the spread of contagion. They have been subject to intense official scrutiny and regulated through criminal sanctions. In contrast, prostitutes working in private spaces have been presented as victims of adverse circumstance, deserving of protection and compassion. They have been made subject to strategic interventions that have attempted to normalize prostitution and render the prostitute a hygienic subject.

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ID Code: 79086
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/1369105011000024439
ISSN: 1369-1058
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Routledge
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2014 01:05
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 19:56

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