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UBC Press Fall 2018 Trade Catalogue, featuring selections from our distributed publishers

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Red Light Labour
Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance
9780774838245 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Prostitution & Sex Trade Canada Sep 01, 2018
$34.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 600 gr 392 pages UBC Press
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Canada v. Bedford that key prostitution laws were unconstitutional. Red Light Labour addresses the new legal regime regulating sex work by analyzing how laws and those who uphold them have constructed, controlled, and criminalized sex workers, their clients, and their workspaces. This groundbreaking collection also offers nuanced interpretations of commercial sexual labour from the perspectives of workers, activists, and researchers. The contributors highlight the struggle for civic and social inclusion by considering sex workers’ advocacy tactics, successes, and challenges. A timely legal, policy, and social analysis of sex work in Canada.

Elya M. Durisin holds a PhD in political science from York University. With Emily van der Meulen and Victoria Love, she is the editor of Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada. Emily van der Meulen is an associate professor of criminology at Ryerson University. Her edited works include, with Robert Heynen, Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance. Chris Bruckert is a professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Taking It Off, Putting It On: Women in the Strip Trade and has edited several works, among them, with Colette Parent, Getting Past “the Pimp”: Management in the Sex Industry.

Red Light Labour is a captivating and informative read that makes an extremely timely and important contribution to studies of sex work in the Canadian context, with attention paid to a broad range of topics, including the legal context, personal experiences of sex workers, and the sex worker rights movement. I strongly recommend it. - Megan Rivers-Moore, author of Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica

This book will put to rest any misconceptions that sex workers do not have the capacity to make their own choices. It documents the harms that shame-based laws can cause as well as sex workers’ efforts to resist and challenge the anti-prostitution regime that has developed in Canada. - From the Foreword by Valerie Scott, founding member and a legal coordinator of Sex Professionals of Canada

A thorough collection, it challenges misconceptions and educates readers on many topics, including sex work in rural and small communities, the experience of Indigenous workers, and union engagement with sex work in Canada.

- Jessica Rose, THIS Magazine

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