Children in the Global Sex Trade / Edition 1

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This compelling new book explores the complexities of the global child sex industry, but without falling into cliche and melodrama. Julia O'Connell Davidson draws attention to the multitude of ways in which children become implicated in the sex trade, and the devastating global political and economic inequalities that underpin their involvement. She sensitively unpicks the relationship between different aspects of the sexual exploitation of children, including trafficking, prostitution and pornography, at the same time challenging popular conceptions of childhood and sexuality.

This thought-provoking book will be of interest to general readers, and to students taking a range of courses, such as gender studies and childhood studies, and courses on sexuality and globalisation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"O'Connell Davidson moves us beyond the horror and outrage ofchildren in the global children in the global sex trade to ask somemore fundamental questions about children's relationsips withadults. Challenging popular conceptions of sex abuse andvictimisation, this brave, intelligent and thought-provoking bookdemands our attention and concern."
Allison James, University of Sheffield

"This is a brave and powerful book, sizzling with brilliantinsights and analysis. Avoiding easy moral and criticisms andchallenging feminist views that rigidly separate children andadults, sex and work, O'Connell Davidson offers an originalre-examination of the empirical, political and moral meaning of aglobal sex trade industry. Children in the Global Sex Tradeis a must-read for scholars, activists, sex workers andpolicy-makers."
Steven Seidman, State University of New York atAlbany
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629285
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,531,869
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia O’Connell Davidson isProfessor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham

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Table of Contents



1. Beyond Contract? Dualist Legacies, Late-Modern Anxieties andthe Sanctity of the Child.

Modernity, Contract and the Public/Private Binary.

The Pursuit of Equality and Late-Modern Anxieties.

The Sanctity of the Child.

Connections Imperilled.

The Impossibility of Children in the Sex Trade.

2. Prostitutes, Children, and Slaves.

The Anomaly of Prostitution.

International Debates on Prostitution: Division andConsensus.

The Child as Object.

The Variability of Prostitution.

Slavery and Freedom.

Unfree Prostitution in Context.

3. On Child Prostitutes as Objects, Victims and Subjects.

Poverty Plus?.

Factoring in Other Forms of Oppression.

Children as Agents.

Boundary Troubles Revisited.

Victims of Childhood?.

4. Child Migration and 'Trafficking'.

What is 'Trafficking'?.

The Politics of 'Trafficking': Part 1.

The Politics of 'Trafficking': Part 2.

'Trafficking' Defined?.

Voluntary/Forced and Adult/Child Dualisms Revisited.

Continuums and Impermanence in Prostitution.

Global Subjects.

Between Grief and Nothing.

5. 'Paedophilia', Pornography and Prostitution.

Paedophilia and Sexual Politics.

The Child, the Paedophile, and Subject-Object Troubles.

Consuming Desire: the Case of Child Pornography.

Paedophilia and Commercially Produced Pornography.

Paedophiles and Prostitution.

Beyond Paedophilia.

6. Children in Mainstream Prostitution: the Problem ofDemand.

Who Buys Sex?.

Why Consume Commercial Sexual Services?.

Choosing Children.

Demand for Embodied Labour.

Policy Implications.

7. Child Sex Tourism.

'Paedophiles who Travel Abroad' and Campaigns Against Them.

Blurring the Boundary.

Travel, Sex and Inequality.

The Scene and the Obscene.

Saying 'No to Child Sex Tourism!'.

8. Beyond Binaries.

Redemption Songs.

Re-imagining the Subject and the Social Bond.




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