Policing Bodies: Law, Sex Work, and Desire in Johannesburg

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Policing Bodies: Law, Sex Work, and Desire in Johannesburg

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Sex work occupies a legally gray space in Johannesburg, South Africa, and police attitudes towards it are inconsistent and largely unregulated. As I. India Thusi argues in Policing Bodies, this results in both room for negotiation that can benefit sex workers and also extreme precarity in which the security police officers provide can be offered and taken away at a moment's notice. Sex work straddles the line between formal and informal. Attitudes about beauty and subjective value are manifest in formal tasks, including police activities, which are often conducted in a seemingly ad hoc manner. However, high-level organizational directives intended to regulate police obligations and duties toward sex workers also influence police action and tilt the exercise of discretion to the formal. In this liminal space, this book considers how sex work is policed and how it should be policed. Challenging discourses about sexuality and gender that inform its regulation, Thusi exposes the limitations of dominant feminist arguments regarding the legal treatment of sex work. This in-depth, historically informed ethnography illustrates the tension between enforcing a country's laws and protecting citizens' human rights.

ISBN

9781503629226 (hb.), 9781503629745 (pb.), 9781503629752 (ebook)

Publication Date

2022

Publisher

Stanford University Press

City

Stanford, CA

Keywords

South Africa, sex work, human rights, police work, security, decriminalization, feminism

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law | Law and Gender | Sexuality and the Law

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Full bibliographic details available in IUCAT

Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library HQ 262.J6 T48 2021

Policing Bodies: Law, Sex Work, and Desire in Johannesburg

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