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Temporaneamente Tua: Intimità, Autenticità E Commercio Del Sesso

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  6 reviews
299 pages
Published 2009 by Odoya (first published July 15th 2007)
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May 29, 2008 Kaliseviltwin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are interested in history, economics, and/or urban planning
Recommended to Kaliseviltwin by: Dr. Carrington
An analysis of sex work in San Francisco, the Netherlands, and Sweden as placed into a socio-economic context.

Sex work is yet another area where I had a fairly knee-jerk opinion of it. I have long been an advocate of legalizing prostitution, assuming it would be safer for those who engage in it (clients and workers alike), but I still held a primarily middle-class belief that it was a career only "chosen" by people with few choices. I also held a fairly typical point-of-view that sex work was i
Bernstein looks at the structural changes in sex work in the later 1990s and beyond--- e.g., efforts by urban authorities to shut down street-level prostitution, the effect of the internet, and the 'professionalisation' or 'gentrification' of the way middle and upper-middle class sex workers and clients see commercial sex ---and links those things to wider economic and cultural issues. She uses Bourdieu's 'Distinction' as a theoretical background to argue that in a late-capitalist, postmodern cu ...more
Kirsten Macaulay
This book is especially interesting to people who have lived or are living in San Francisco. It explains the history, the commodity, and changes of prostitution in the sex industry throughout three decades. It describes how the dot com era brought prostitution indoors and was appealing to several different socioeconomic classes.
Evan Cvitanovic
Amazing look at prostitution from the turn of the beginning of the 20th century to the end, and also into the 21st with the advent of the internet and technological advances that can intersect the public and private spheres of sexual commerce.
Laura Holt
I was bothered by how she presented the startling different experience of middle class sex workers, who where all but exclusively white, and the street walker prostitutes but then moved on without exploring race/ethnicity and privilege at all.
William Lopez
A great and balanced ethnography on contemporary sexual commerce. Bernstein illustrates with examples and contrasts from the US and abroad, and covers all her bases -from the personal to the legal.
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