The Politics of Prostitution
Women's Movements, Democratic States and the Globalisation of Sex Commerce
Edited by Joyce Outshoorn
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Politics of Prostitution by Joyce Outshoorn
Book DescriptionThe most effective way to deal with prostitution has always been hotly debated by governments and women's movements alike. Feminists want it abolished or regulated as sex work; governments have to safeguard public health and order. This book, first published in 2004, shows how women's movements in Western Europe, North America and Australia have affected politics on prostitution and trafficking of women since the 1970s, asking what made them successful in some countries but a failure in others. It also assesses whether government institutions to advance the status of women - so-called women's policy agencies - have played a key role in achieving policy outcomes favourable to movement demands. Written by an international team of experts and based on original sources, all chapters follow the same framework to ensure comparability. The final chapter offers an overall comparison identifying what makes women's movements successful and women's agencies effective, presenting the case for 'state feminism'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521540698
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joyce Outshoorn
European Women's Movements and Body Politics, Hardback (June 2015)
This book examines how feminist movements have contested the dominant discourses and state politics that have impeded women's autonomy over their bodies since the late 1960s. It deals with two important facets of this struggle, prostitution and the right to abortion, as they relate to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.
Changing State Feminism, Hardback (October 2007)
Most Western democracies established women's policy agencies to improve the status of women by the 1990s. One of the book's key questions is how have women's policy agencies been able to develop, maintain or enhance their roles in the transformed political context and how have women's movements adapted to change in twelve states.
Politics of Prostitution, Hardback (January 2004)
This book, first published in 2004, explores the influence of women's movements and women's policy agencies on policy and legislation relating to prostitution.
New Politics of Abortion, Paperback (August 1986)» View all books by Joyce Outshoorn
The abortion issue is not easily integrated into party doctrines and consequently has been marginalized except where effective pressure groups have intervened. This title compares the reactions of eight Western political systems to demands for abortion legislation.
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