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Title: Sex outside the city: Sex work in rural and regional New South Wales
Contributor(s): Scott, J (author)orcid ; Hunter, JT (author); Hunter, VH (author); Ragusa, AT (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: During the last decade 'prostitution' has been characterised as a 'social problem' throughout rural and regional New South Wales. As we show here, the urban-centric nature of popular and official discourses of prostitution have inadvertently allowed for the development of regulatory positions which have negatively impacted sex workers in rural and regional communities and lead to conflict among sectors of the rural sex industry and between the sex industry and community activists. In addition to examining the problematisation of sex work in rural New South Wales, this paper sets out to understand why rural sex work has historically lacked visibility in popular and scholarly discourses. We provide an overview of the distinctive organisational aspects of the sex industry in rural contexts. Evidence for our assertions is largely derived from primary interview data collected from sex industry workers based in rural New South Wales. The paper represents the first attempt in the research literature on prostitution to understand sex work as a rural phenomenon.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Rural Society, 16(2), p. 151-168
Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of Publication: Whyalla Norrie, Australia
ISSN: 1037-1656
Field of Research (FOR): 160804 Rural Sociology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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