The State of Sex: Nevada's Brothel Industry / Edition 1

The State of Sex: Nevada's Brothel Industry / Edition 1

by Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson, Kathryn Hausbeck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415929474

ISBN-13: 9780415929479

Pub. Date: 12/23/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The State of Sex is a study of Nevada’s brothels that situates the nation's only legal brothel industry in the political economy of contemporary tourism. Nevada is part of the "new American heartland," as its pastimes, people, and politics have become more central to the nation. The rise of a service and leisure economy over the past sixty years has

Overview

The State of Sex is a study of Nevada’s brothels that situates the nation's only legal brothel industry in the political economy of contemporary tourism. Nevada is part of the "new American heartland," as its pastimes, people, and politics have become more central to the nation. The rise of a service and leisure economy over the past sixty years has propelled sexuality into the heart of contemporary markets. Yet, neoliberal laws in the United States promote business but limit sexual commerce.

How have Nevada's legal brothels survived, while the rest of the country criminalizes prostitution? How do brothels operate? Who works in them? This book brings social theory on globalizing economies, politics, leisure consumption, and emotional labor in interactive service work together with research on contemporary prostitution and sexual commerce. The authors employ an innovative, multi-method sociological approach, combining historical analysis of how the brothels came to be with over a decade's worth of ethnographic research on the current state of the industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415929479
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/23/2009
Series:
Contemporary Sociological Perspectives Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Introduction The Matt of Set 1

Mapping the Terrain of Nevada' a Brothels 4

Nevada's Brothel Laws 8

Situating Prostitution Context Malteit 10

Researching the Brothels 11

The Brothel Industry Uncovered 17

Chapter 2 Contexts of Sexual Commerce 20

The Growth of the Leisure Economy 20

The State of Commercial Sex in Late Capitalism 34

Conclusion 40

Chapter 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

Chapter 4 The Business of Selling Sex 90

Rural Places, Modern Businesses 90

Running the Show: Brothel Ownership 94

Marketing Legal Sex 96

How Sex is Sold 117

Management and Workplace Relations 131

Conclusion 149

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Appendix A Nevada Brothel Guide 237

Appendix B Nevada County Brothel Laws and Income (2007) 240

Appendix C Sex Workers Interviewed242

Notes 244

Bibliography 275

Index 292

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