UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Research note: Managing risks: The social organisation of indoor sex work

Whittaker, D; Hart, G; (1996) Research note: Managing risks: The social organisation of indoor sex work. SOCIOL HEALTH ILL , 18 (3) 399 - 414.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

In this research note we begin to develop ideas drawn from studies concerned with the social context of sex work, and contribute to the literature on the sociology of risk, by investigating the social organisation and conditions of work of a group of female sex workers whose work has not so far been described in any detail - flat-working women. These are preliminary findings from an ongoing empirical study comparing occupational risk of violence between women working in flats and street-working women in central London. Here we report on the flat-working women's employment of protective strategies, such as co-working with 'maids' who serve as gatekeepers, allowing clients access to the women and monitoring the time clients spend in the flats. Rather than focus on women's self-efficacy or health beliefs, we argue that it is through the social organisation of their work that we are best able to understand the nature of their risk exposure, and their strategies for managing risk and safety in relation to their occupational health.

Type:Article
Title:Research note: Managing risks: The social organisation of indoor sex work
Keywords:prostitutes, women, occupational health risk, violence, PROSTITUTES
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health

Archive Staff Only: edit this record