Sex Workers and International Migration; Poverty in Britain

'Low pay, no pay' Britain. Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Tracy Shildrick, about her prize winning study of individuals and families who are living in or near poverty. The research was conducted in Teesside, North East England, and focuses on the men and women who've fallen out of old working class communities and must now cope with drastically reduced opportunities for standard employment. Also, the US sociologist, Kimberly Kay Hoang, discusses her study into Vietnamese sex workers who've become American wives who, contrary to their hopeful expectations, end up as primary breadwinners in their new country.

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Kimberly Kay Hoang

Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College



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Transnational Gender Vertigo
doi: 10.1177/1536504213487694
Contexts Spring 2013 vol. 12 no. 2 22-26

Tracy Shildrick

Professor Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds



Poverty and Insecurity: Life in low-pay, No-pay Britain
Tracy Shildrick, Robert MacDonald, Colin Scott Webster, Kayleigh Garthwaite (authors)  
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN-10: 1847429106
ISBN-13: 978-1847429100

Ethnography Award

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces a new annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.


Are you involved in social science research and completing or will have completed an ethnography this year? The Award is open to any UK resident currently employed as a teacher or researcher or studying as a postgraduate in a UK institution of higher education.


An entry should be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed description of the practices of a group or culture. Any sole authored book or peer reviewed research article published during the calendar year of the award will be eligible.


The judges for the Award are Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor. (Please do not contact any judges directly).



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