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    The politics of injustice: Sexworking women, feminism and criminalizing sex purchase in Ireland

    McGarry, Kathryn and FitzGerald, Sharron A (2019) The politics of injustice: Sexworking women, feminism and criminalizing sex purchase in Ireland. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 19 (1). pp. 62-79. ISSN 1748-8958

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    This article interrogates the discursive framing of recent law and policy debates on criminalizing sex purchase in Ireland and the implications this has for sex workers’ political voice. Drawing on Nancy Fraser’s work on the political dimensions of justice, we look at how Irish neo-abolitionists, through their Turn Off the Red Light (TORL) campaign, map and delimit access to political space and consequently misframe, misrecognize and misrepresent the ‘problem’ of sex work and sex-working women. We employ the methodological framework suggested by Carol Bacchi’s What’s the Problem Represented to Be (WPR) approach to explore how TORL campaigners exercise and manage framesetting in law and policy contexts to deny all ‘other’ voices parity of participation in political space. We argue these misframing strategies reflect meta-political injustices of misrepresentation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Discourse; justice; law; policy; radical feminism; sex work;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 13135
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    Depositing User: Kathryn McGarry
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 14:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Criminology & Criminal Justice
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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