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Working at the Bar: Sex Work and Health Communication in Thailand (Hardback)
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Working at the Bar: Sex Work and Health Communication in Thailand (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 30/01/2002
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Commercial sex is the occupation of a significant portion of the women of the world, providing economic support for millions of people and their families. Working at the Bar is the first-ever, long-term, longitudinal, in-depth study of a large sex work industry-and Thailand, the most prominent nation in the rapidly growing sex tourism industry, makes for an excellent case study. While previous works have provided brief glimpses of one group of workers studied from a particular point of view, author Thomas Steinfatt examines considerations of health, behavior, economics, morality, religion, and worker safety. The result of data gathered from thousands of workers and customers in Thailand over a period of twelve years, Working at the Bar covers all aspects of an industry that, although it does not conform to various Western ideals, is nevertheless enormously significant. Among the most provocative of Steinfatt's arguments is that sex work is not itself immoral, and that far from being the exploitation industry we might imagine, sex work in Thailand is beneficial to everyone involved-especially given that education in this nation has proven not to be a viable alternative. Providing an opportunity for economic progress unavailable through other means, and providing working conditions far safer than those of the average Thai factory, sex work is ripe for a study that explores all aspects and perceptions associated with it. Working at the Bar is that long overdue study.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781567505665
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 805 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book provides a comprehensive study on bar work and bar workers and helps to demystify misleading assumptions on sex work and sex workers in Thailand....This book is part of series of Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium with Michael H. Prosser as the series editor. Readers can hope that other works in the series are as revealing as this one."-Journal of Third World Studies
?This book provides a comprehensive study on bar work and bar workers and helps to demystify misleading assumptions on sex work and sex workers in Thailand....This book is part of series of Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium with Michael H. Prosser as the series editor. Readers can hope that other works in the series are as revealing as this one.?-Journal of Third World Studies

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