The State of Sex: Nevada's Brothel Industry

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Overview

Barbara G. Brents, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in Women's Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Crystal A. Jackson, M.A., is an Ph.D. student in the department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kathryn Hausbeck, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book brings together rich empirical data that builds new sociological theory to help explain the state of commercial sex in the global leisure consumer society. The voices of sex workers from the Nevada brothels make this book an essential for anyone reading about or studying the sex industries."—Teela Sanders, University of Leeds, UK

"This book is a strong contribution to sociology and our understanding of sex work and the sex industry. The authors' extensive fieldwork captures an intricate snapshot of the Nevada legal brothel industry…undergraduate students along and the sex worker community will benefit from this book."—Carly Chillmon, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415929486
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 529,811
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara G. Brents, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and

Faculty Affiliate in Women’s Studies at the University of Nevada, Las

Vegas.

Crystal A. Jackson, M.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Department of

Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kathryn Hausbeck, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate

College and Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of

Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: The State of Sex 1

Mapping the Terrain of Nevada's Brothels 4

Nevada's Brothel Laws 8

Situating Prostitution: Context Matters 10

Researching the Brothels 11

The Brothel Industry Uncovered 17

Ch. 2 Contexts of Sexual Commerce 20

The Growth of the Leisure Economy 20

The State of Commercial Sex in Late Capitalism 34

Conclusion 40

Ch. 3 The Making of Nevada Prostitution 42

Prostitution in Industrial Societies 43

Wild West Businesses and Mining Culture: The Leisure Economy in Nevada, 1900 to 1940 45

Gaming, Girls, and Sun: The Resort Industry and the Institutionalization of Legal Brothels, 1940 to 2000 64

Conclusion 88

Ch. 4 The Business of Selling Sex 90

Rural Places, Modern Businesses 90

Running the Show: Brothel Ownership 94

Marketing Legal Sex 98

How Sex is Sold 117

Management and Workplace Relations 131

Conclusion 149

Ch. 5 Paths to Brothel Work 152

Coming from the Service Industry 157

Coming from Illegal Prostitution 162

Sexual Women in Sexual Careers 166

Cash-in-Hand: Managing Finances 169

Mobility in Brothel Work 173

Conclusion 175

Ch. 6 Brothel Labor: Making Fantasies at Work 178

Doing Sex: Labor Strategies 180

Body Practices 182

Caring Practices 190

Holistic Practices 193

Being a "Prostitute" 199

Conclusion 219

Ch. 7 Conclusion: Learning from Nevada 222

The State of Sex 224

The Social Relations of Sexual Commerce 226

Nevada's Legal Brothels as a Model? 230

App. A Nevada Brothel Guide 237

App. B Nevada County Brothel Laws and Income (2007) 240

App. C Sex Workers Interviewed 242

Notes 244

Bibliography 275

Index 292

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