Relationships among Stigmatized Women Engaged in Street-Level Prostitution: Coping with Stigma and Stigma Management

Special Issue: Problematizing Prostitution: Critical Research and Scholarship

ISBN: 978-1-78635-040-4, eISBN: 978-1-78635-039-8

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 20 October 2016

Abstract

Very little research has examined how prostitute women relate to each other. Drawing on interviews, focus groups, and observations with 76 women engaged in street-level prostitution in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and a mid-Atlantic state, we show how prostitute women provide mutual assistance both to meet their basic needs and as part of their ethical norms, in contrast to the stigmatized characterizations of prostitute women as morally deficient. Women’s relationships offer them concrete support and encouragement while simultaneously producing a counter-narrative that challenges their stigmatized identities.

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Shdaimah, C. and Leon, C. (2016), "Relationships among Stigmatized Women Engaged in Street-Level Prostitution: Coping with Stigma and Stigma Management", Special Issue: Problematizing Prostitution: Critical Research and Scholarship (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 71), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 43-62. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720160000071003

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