The starting point for this book is the question of how we research sex for sale and the implications of the choices we make in terms of epistemology and ethics. Which dilemmas and ethical aspects need to be taken into account when producing qualitative data within a highly politicised and moral-infected realm? These two questions are exactly what Spanger and Skilbrei aim to unpack in this unusual interdisciplinary methodology book, Prostitution Research in Context.

The book offers contributions from a number of scholars who, based on their reflections on their own research practice and the existing knowledge field, discuss ongoing methodological issues and challenges representative of international research on sex for sale. Some chapters deal explicitly with methodological dilemmas in research; others thematise the encounter between prostitution research and general texts on epistemology. Other chapters again actively engage with the ethical dilemmas that research on the topic of sex for sale can entail. The authors represent different disciplines, but share an interest in engaging in reflexive research practices informed by feminism and feminist epistemologies.

An authoritative contribution to the field, this innovative volume will appeal to international scholars and students from across the social sciences and humanities in areas such as sociology, anthropology, criminology, media studies, feminist studies, human geography and history.

chapter 1|16 pages

Exploring sex for sale

Methodological concerns

part I|47 pages

Manoeuvring in a politicised research field

part II|59 pages

Researching for, about and with sex workers

chapter 5|19 pages

Epistemologically privileging the sex worker

Uncovering the rehearsed and presumed in sex work studies

chapter 7|22 pages

The voice of images

Photovoice, sex workers and affective engagement

part 3|50 pages

Dangerous positions?

chapter 8|16 pages

What do emotions do?

Circulations of annoyance, hostility and shame in fieldwork

chapter 9|16 pages

Contamination or engagement?

Doing class in prostitution research

chapter 10|16 pages

Seducing the seducer

Negotiating desire, discomfort and power in fieldwork