Publisher: Greenwood Press
Volume: 1 & 2
Prostitution is a sensitive and controversial topic, encompassing both sex and money. The Encyclopaedia of Prostitution and Sex Work is the first major reference on these topics. Although extensive research has been undertaken, there has been no definitive collection of resources and information available in a convenient and useful form. This encyclopaedia intended as both a primer of scholarly investigation into the sex industry and as a resource to learn more about its many facets. This encyclopaedia encourages further exploration of prostitution and offers guidance on what has been documented and what is ripe for further exploration. The term “sex work” encompasses prostitution plus other forms such as phone sex, pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing. However, the focus here is on prostitution. Related sex work entries, such as on geisha, stripping, and dance hall girls, are viewed through the lens of prostitution.
The Encyclopaedia of Prostitution and Sex Work includes 341 entries on important social, cultural, geographic, and medical topics related to prostitution. This information was collected over three years, with contributions by 179 experts in the field who were asked to write about their specific topics. Contributors came from many fields, including advocacy, history, literature, law, and the social sciences and represent a wide range of views on prostitution.