Selling sex [electronic resource] : a hidden history of prostitution / Raelene Frances.
- Sydney, NSW : UNSW Press, 2007.
1 online resource (x, 342 pages) : map.
- Prostitution -- Australia -- History.
- Electronic books.
- This is the only such book to be attempted in Australia. It covers over 200 years of history, and includes discussion of sexual exchange in Australia prior to European colonisation. It is relevant to the whole of Australia as well as having a strong international dimension: the content is based on extensive research from archives in all Australian capital cities as well as London and Geneva and draws on oral interviews with women over a period of more than 25 years. It makes extensive use of narratives, individual life stories and the 'voices' of prostitutes to construct an engaging, accessible text."Selling Sex" provides the first comprehensive history of prostitution in Australia from before European colonisation to the present, and situates this history within an international context of labour migration and policy formation. It draws on extensive archival research and interviews to chart the ways in which prostitution contributed not just to women's economic survival but also to broader processes of colonisation and nation-building.
- 1. Introduction
Part 1. Convict society
2. Imperial whoremasters?
3. Damned whores?
Part 2. The frontiers
4. The mines
5. The ports
6. The pastoral stations
Part 3. Late colonial cities and towns
7. Shades of scarlet
8. Of prince and prostitutes
9. The 'problem of prostitution'
10. Status and stigma
Part 4. The new nation
11. White slavers and their enemies
12. The rise of the red-light district
13. From grand brothels to vice queens
14. Crackdown and exclusion
Part 5. Into the present
15. War and peace
16. Global sex and local law
17. Reflecting on prostitution's past.
- "A UNSW Press Book"
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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