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"Anger, Economy, and Female Agency: Problematizing “Prostitution” and “Sex Work” among the Huli of Papua New Guinea"

by Wardlow, Holly (2004)


Women's studies, anthropology, and international health all share an intellectual and, albeit in different ways, an activist or applied interest in prostitution/sex work, and this interest has recently intensified amid concerns about the AIDS pandemic and global “trafficking” in women. These three fields have also shared an evolution in the terminology naming their object of study: from prostitution to sex work to, most recently, sexual networking and survival sex. This evolution reflects a desire to shift the discursive fields surrounding monetized …

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Sex Work, Prostitution, Sexual Economy, Sexuality, Papua New Guinea, Anthropology, Activism


Sex Work, Non-Western Societies

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