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on 13 October 2011
Ideas of sex work which often spring to mind are of scantly dressed women on street corners selling sex to strange men and it can be argued that most research focuses upon women who sell sex. What I found when reading New Sociologies of Sex Work was a vast amount of information which gives a bigger picture as to kinds of sex work that exists. The books aims to differ itself from other research concerning sex work by focusing on theoretical, policy, methodological and empirical ideas often with an international perspective. The book is divided into four main parts with each part containing three to four chapters which provided a range of information from sex work policies within the UK to the selling of sex toys within the US and thus expanding current knowledge on sex work.
Although a lot was covered within the book such as power and the spaces occupied within the sex industry what I felt was lacking was the commodification of women in relation to the porn industry and within mass media which would contribute to present feminist debates. Despite this I found this book to be very diverse as the chapters focus on a range of issues within each part of the book and therefore giving a broad overview of the various issues that exist within sociologies of sex work. I think this book would be useful for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers within Human Geography Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology who have a research interest in Sex Work as the book explores some previously unexplored or underrepresented issues surrounding sex work as well as providing useful methodological information.