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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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Hidden Prostitution: Subcultures, Gender and Cultural Mobility



The subject of this chapter is so-called invisible or underground prostitution. The term invisible prostitution usually means the form of hidden prostitution practiced by those who receive their clients in an apartment by means of classified advertisements, or who pick up clients in nightclubs, in bars, in saunas, in beauty parlors, etc.1 In this study, I have used the term invisible prostitution in a wider sense of the term, to include another form of prostitution: male prostitution in parks, public toilets, car parks, etc.

Usually, researches on prostitution do not study, at the same time, the two worlds of female prostitution and male prostitution, which are not compared. In this chapter, however, we consider both female and male prostitution and, on the basis of the results of an ethnographic research which I carried out in Italy, I focus the attention on some findings: a) there are specific subcultures within the phenomenon of prostitution; b) the subculture of prostitution has important connections and element of integration into the dominant culture; c) the places of commodity sex are heterotopias2 that, according to the time and the culture, become places of cultural innovation and experimentation or, on the opposite, places of conservation and reaction to social change.

The data on which my study is based was collected during a recent ethnographic research that I carried out in Italy (systematically between 2003 and 2006, returning to the field in the following years, up to 2013)...

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