The Encyclopedia of Prostitution & Sex Work

Published by Greenwood Press

Edited by Dr Melissa Ditmore

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The Encyclopedia

This major 2-volume set is the first to treat in an inclusive reference what is usually considered a societal failing or the underside of sexuality and economic survival. The A-to-Z encyclopedia offers wide-ranging entries related to prostitution and the sex industry, past and present, worldwide and in the US. The narrative entries illuminate prostitution's impact on the arts, sexuality, social mores, popular culture, and more.

This wide-ranging work is targeted to the general reader, who will gain useful insight into the human race through time. The introduction addresses the scope of prostitution from the earliest historical records. To help the reader find entries of interest, there are user-friendly lists, alphabetically and topically arranged, and a comprehensive index. A chronology proffers significant dates related to the topic. Each entry is signed, with suggestions for further reading.


The 179 contributors and advisors to this project come from diverse geographical areas and fields of study. Distinguished contributors include Laura Agustin, Priscilla Alexander, Melynda Barnhart, Bruce Brandt, Catherine Davis, Jo Doezema, Jeffrey Escoffier, John Holmstrom, Bebe Loff, Laura McClure, Cheryl Overs, Randall Platt, Tracy Quan, Helen J. Self, Evgeny Steiner and Lana Thompson.


Entries include Abolition; Actresses; Bible; Camp Followers; Child Prostitution; Clothing; Crime; Debby Doesn't Do It for Free; Dickens, Charles; Devadasi; Entrapment; Fallen Woman Trope; Feminism; Films, Cult; Five Points; Free Love; Geisha; Globalization; Guidebooks; Hip-Hop; HIV/AIDS and the Prostitution Rights Movement; Human Rights; Incest; Internet; Jack the Ripper; Kama Sutra; Lulu; Male Stripping; Mann Act; Mayhew, Henry; Memoirs; Migration and Mobility; Nazi Germany; Poetry; Purity Movements; R&R; Religion; Salvation Army; Scapegoating; Slang; Storyville; Temporary Marriage; Unions; Venice; Window Prostitution.