This imaginative and comprehensive introduction to the sex industry is as welcome as it is timely.... This is a rewarding and topical book that I would urge all interested parties to consult.
Graham Scambler, Professor of Medical Sociology
University College London
A remarkably thorough analysis of prostitution in contemporary society. Situating sex work at the intersection of economy, occupation, and emotion, the authors illuminate the complex forces that shape prostitution within an emerging global order. Bringing their analysis full circle, they close with a helpful exploration of the methods by which researchers are able to investigate an area of such danger and controversy. All in all, a courageous and important book.
Jeff Ferrell, Visiting Professor of Criminology
University of Kent, UK,and
Professor of Sociology
Texas Christian University, USA.
This excellent text fills a gap in the market as it explores the full range of issues covering sex work, policy and politics....A fascinating and informative text which will become the leading handbook in this area.
Dr Louise Westmarland, Senior Lecturer in Criminology,
The Open University
About the Author
After gaining a D.Phil from Oxford University, I took up a post at the School in 2003. Before coming to Leeds, I was a social worker in child protection. My research interests have largely focused on various aspects of the British sex industry, represented in two monographs and a textbook. I continue links with grassroots organisations where the crossroads of research output and change lies.
Maggie O'Neill is Senior Editor in Sociology at Staffordshire University
CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
Regina Becker-Schmidt University of Hanover
Barbara Engh University of Leeds
Hilde Heynen Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Gudrun-Axeli Knapp University of Hanover
Jane graduated in Philosophy from the University of London in 1980 and since then has undertaken an MA in European Studies at the University of Bradford (1992) and an MRes Social Research at Loughborough University (2010). Jane has more than 20 years’ research and evaluation expertise in voluntary, academic and public sector organisations, particularly applying qualitative and collaborative methods. She has undertaken research and published on sex work and services to sex workers, criminal justice and community safety, young people and labour market disadvantage. Previous research experience includes: Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, 1994-2000; Research and Evaluation Manager, Nacro, 2000-2004; Independent Social Researcher, 2004-2009. Jane is also academic representative on the Board of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects (2010 – current). Her research interests include: The UK sex industry; intimate labour and body work; labour market structures and gender; grounded theory and qualitative methodologies.