Winner of the British Society of Criminology Annual Book Prize 2022.
As the labour market continues to exploit workers by offering precarious, low-paid and temporary jobs, for some duality offers much-needed flexibility and staves off poverty.
Based on extensive empirical work, this book illustrates contemporary accounts of individuals taking extraordinary risks to hold jobs in both sex industries and non-sex work employment. It also opens a dialogue about how sex industries are stratified in the UK in terms of race and culture against the backdrop of Brexit.
Debunking stereotypes of sex workers and challenging our stigmatisation of them, this book makes an invaluable contribution to discourses about work, society and future policy.
“In this time of enhanced precarity, the lens of duality through which to understand sex work has never been more important. This research contributes significantly to our knowledge of, reflections upon and understanding of sex work.” Teela Sanders, University of Leicester
“A stellar contribution to the literature on sex work and the first complex analysis of duality that honours sex workers' lived experiences. Deeply inspiring, essential reading and beautifully written.” Maggie O'Neill, University College Cork
Raven Bowen is the CEO of National Ugly Mugs (NUM), a UK-wide sex-worker safety charity, and co-founder of ‘Sex, Work, Law and Society’ (CRN#6) with the Law and Society Association (LSA), USA.
Foreword by John Lowman
“You can’t make a living doing porn”: Laith
“I am the same me in bookings as I am out”: Sage
“I was an escort on a bike”: Kora
“Maybe it will be good for British girls because less Europeans coming into the industry”: Darcy
“I was outed in one of the tabloid newspapers”: Anonymous
“They are both shitty jobs … because I’m not free”: Sierra
“Don't judge us as different from you": Wyatt