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Prostitution and Beyond
An Analysis of Sex Workers in India

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Gender & Sexuality Studies

June 2008 | 372 pages | SAGE India
What is the diversity of perspectives on sex work in India today? This edited volume addresses this question through its sections on feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic-legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections.

The first section explores the space for women in prostitution within mainstream feminist discourse in India, and the way it has evolved over time. The second section emphasizes on the heterogeneity of sex work practices with their historical vestiges, contemporary manifestations and urban-rural contrasts. The third section examines the interface of society and prostitution, tracing economic and social undercurrents, health concerns and legal regulations. The final section focuses on the bearings of prostitution on the cultural spheres of literature, language, cinema, theatre and media.

In addition to rigorous academic research, this volume also pools in case studies, live discussions and interviews, drawing the experience of a wide spectrum of professionals and organizations working with sex workers.

This book is a must-read for professionals and academicians in the fields of Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health and Social Work.
Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar
Introduction
Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar
I: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: SEX WORKERS, FEMINISM AND THEORETICAL DEBATES
Geetanjali Gangoli
Immorality, Hurt or Choice: Indian Feminists and Prostitution
 
Women`s Movements in India: Do they Include Female Sex Workers? Proceedings of a Live Debate among Women Activists: A Panel Discussion
Swati Ghosh
Elusive Choice and Agency: A Feminist Re-reading of the Sex Workers` Manifesto
Anagha Tambe
Different Issues/Different Voices: Organization of Women in Prostitution in India
Rohini Sahni and Hemant Apte
II: THROUGH THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF TIME: CHANGING FORMS AND EMERGING REALITIES
Rekha Pande
Ritualized Prostitution: Devdasis to Jogins - A Few Case Studies
R C Swarankar
Ethnographic Study of Community-based Sex Workers among Nats
Bindumadhav V Khire
Male Sex Work (MSW)
Ambuja Kowlgi and Vijay Kumar Hugar
Ethnographic Profile of Female Sex Workers of Dharwad, Karnataka
Ishita Majumdar and Sudipta Panja
The Invisibles: A Study on Kolkata`s Call Girls
Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar
III: AT THE INTERFACE: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, LEGAL AND HEALTH PERSPECTIVES
Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar
Markets, Histories and Grass-root Evidences: Economics of Sex Work in India
Meena Saraswathi Seshu
Surfacing Voices from the Underground
LEGAL ASPECTS: ISSUES AND CONCERNS

 
Manoj Wad and Sharayu Jadhav
The Legal Framework of Prostitution in India
CASE STUDIES, COMMENTARIES AND INTERVIEWS

 
Zara Kaushik
Legal Interpretations of Prostitution: Cases and Judgements
Harshad Barde
(Mis) reading Through the Lines
Puja Yadav
Ground Realities of the Legal Framework
Asim Sarode
Contesting Legal Positions on Prostitution from a Human Rights Perspective
HEALTH: ISSUES AND RIGHTS

 
Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe and Sanjay Mehendale
Female Sex Workers and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in India
Meena Shivdas
In the Interest of Business and Health: Women Sex Workers` Efforts to Protect Themselves from HIV
Nitin Bora
There is More to Health than AIDS
Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar
IV: LOOKING IN THE MIRROR OF CULTURE: REPRESENTATIONS OF PROSTITUTION
Gayatri Chatterjee
The Veshya, the Ganika and the Tawaif: Representations of Prostitutes and Courtesans in Indian Language, Literature and Cinema
Hemant Apte and Rohini Sahni
What does a Language have to Say? Words for Prostitution in Marathi Vocabulary
Lata Singh
Modern Theatre as Epitome of Middle Class Civilized Culture: Scripting of Stage Actresses as `Prostitutes` and `Fallen` Women
Svati P Shah
Producing the Spectacle of Kamathipura: The Politics of Red Light Visibility in Mumbai
 
Index

The book is an extremely significant contribution to the existing body of literature on sexuality that provides useful theoretical perspectives accompanied by impressive empirical detail. The evocative textual and visual accounts along with the starkly graphic facts presented through the selection of case studies, commentaries and interviews reveal nuanced distinctions that are lost in conventional analytical framework or absent from tedious statistical analysis.

Contributions to Indian Sociology

The broader aim of the book, which it achieves, is to mitigate the negative image of the sex worker perpetuated by a biased media and culture.

The Dawn

This volume is admirable with a mix of research, literature, discussions, interviews, case studies, examples and illustrations. It appears to have lessened the negativity associated with the mention of sex work and seems to be useful for professionals and academicians working on the subject.

The Tribune

Healthy’ read.

Hindu Business

This book asks valuable questions about the ways in which society positions prostitutes beyond its moral and ethical boundaries, simultaneously as sex-work reflects society’s socio-cultural reality.

Mail Today

This book] will take the reader beyond the clichéd definition of a sex worker.

The Indian Express (Pune)

The book is a useful starting point if one wants to get an idea of currently debated issues in field work as well as in theory on prostitution and issues related thereto.

Combat Law

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Rohini Sahni

Rohini Sahni is Reader, Department of Economics, University of Pune. As a specialist in development economics and international economics, she has been exploring the role of gender in the process of development. Her interest in research on sex work has stemmed from her close interaction with women’s groups/organizations and research on sex workers in Pune. Presently, her research interests include problems of Indian higher education and economic-cultural interactions as emerging from globalization. Beyond research, she is an established writer of short stories (in Marathi), sketching the contemporary urban lives of women. More About Author

V. Kalyan Shankar

V Kalyan Shankar is currently a Doctoral student at the Department of Economics, University of Pune, working in the area of international trade and development, WTO agreements and its impact on developing countries including India. He hails from a family of social reformers, scholars and poets in Andhra Pradesh. This background has profoundly influenced his concerns and sensibilities, leading him to work on issues of social concern. More About Author

Hemant Apte

Hemant Apte is Reader, Department of Anthropology, University of Pune. He is the President of Late Professor Yamato Kawakami Foundation, an NGO working for women and the Vice President of Maharashtra Association for Anthropological Sciences. He has 13 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, trainer and teacher in sexuality, reproductive health and research methodology. His current interest is in the fi elds of reproductive health, HIV, sexuality and participatory research methodology. More About Author

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