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Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit / A Companion of Mankind

Edited By Frank Jacob

Prostitution ist scheinbar genauso alt wie die Menschheit selbst und gilt nicht von ungefähr als das «älteste Gewerbe» überhaupt. Dieser Band versteht sich als interdisziplinäre, chronologisch sowie global umfassende Analyse des Phänomens und bietet dem Fachpublikum und dem interessierten Leser gleichermaßen eine breite Darstellung der Prostitution aus historischer, soziologischer, genderorientierter sowie kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Untersucht werden dabei die Rolle von Prostituierten in der Gesellschaft, die Rezeption des Gewerbes per se sowie die Rahmenbedingungen, unter denen sich ein solches etablieren kann.
Prostitution seems to be as old as humanity itself and is consequently not described as the «oldest profession» without cause. This anthology is an interdisciplinary, chronological and regional extensive approach to analyze the phenomenon. It provides a broad historical, sociological, cultural, and gender perspective on prostitution for the academic as well as the interested reader alike. It examines the role of prostitutes in society, the reception of the profession per se and the conditions due to which it is established.
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Wearing Balmain, Dior, and Schiaparelli: Foreign Escorts in Hashemite Iraq




John Keel arrived in Baghdad during the autumn of 1954. A casual acquaintance dropped the American journalist off at a “cheap hotel” not far from the Tigris River on al-Mustansir Street, “a narrow dingy alley at the edge of the great labyrinth of the Baghdad bazaar,” where it adjoined the banking district. Keel described the hostel’s large wooden doors, as well as “an unctuous man in a greasy jalabiya” (a long cotton garment, equally appropriate to interior and exterior wear) who opened them for guests. “Passing through a strange hall with dim, colored lights, the Arab led me up a narrow flight of stairs to a little room that smelled of cheap perfume and incense, and contained a bed, a chair, and a sink; the plumbing was next door—a hole in the floor.”1

Keel found himself in a brothel during the petroleum age, when Iraqi citizens distinguished local women who worked in the sex industry from foreign escorts and their clients. The primary definition of “prostitution” is “engaging in heterosexual activity for payment.” According to physician Ben Reitman, “syndicalized prostitution,” was a “new category of harlotry” introduced at the apex of nineteenth-century imperialism.2 Literary critic Khalid Kishtainy reinforced the significance of a mid-nineteenth century date, adding: “what distinguished modern prostitution from anything that went before the Industrial Revolution is not its volume but its highly capitalized and sometimes monopolistic character.”3 Activist Sean Callaghan established an arbitrary single year, 1851, for...

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