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    The Waves of Activism: An Ethnographic Study of Sex Work Activism in Dublin and London

    Bordoloi, Akangshya (2021) The Waves of Activism: An Ethnographic Study of Sex Work Activism in Dublin and London. ASEAN Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 8 (1). pp. 59-82. ISSN 2672-2453

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    How women tell their stories is changing. Women deemed sexually transgressive, from the Magdalene laundries to the #metoo movement have struggled to make their voices heard and believed in the public sphere. A third wave of feminist activism (Gillis and Munford 2004; Aune and Holyoak 2017, Cox 2014, 18) of the late 19thcentury then presents with an alternative framework. This new wave of activism is less reliant on non-governmental organisations to campaign and mediate women’s stories and more inclusive of the diversity present in the category of gender and its associated roles and implications. This project tells the stories of one group of these women –sex work activists in Dublin, Ireland and London, England. While much research has been conducted on both the numbers and experiences of those in the sex industry, little attention has been on the women as activists, who have campaigned in their personalised approach tohighlight the harms and resist the laws that govern sex work and prostitution.This essay is an ethnographic qualitative study and so the research questions focus on the journey of sex work activists, the consequences, and opportunities of their involvement and whether they are adequately representative. In addition, it also explores the role of digital activism within the ‘third wave phenomenon’, creating a possible global solidarity among the activists which is seen to be an urgent need to bridge the gapbetween academia and raw activism.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: sex work activism; gender and deviancy studies; law and health;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 18506
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 11:26
    Journal or Publication Title: ASEAN Multidisciplinary Research Journal
    Publisher: PARESSU, Inc Journals
    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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