Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
02 August 2006
MOVING ON FROM SEX WORK
The latest research conducted by Dr Teela Sanders into sex workers investigates the circumstances under which they leave the sex industry. This can be a response to external events or a planned transition into another career.
Dr Sanders uses this research to argue that it is the role of sex workers that is deviant rather than their careers and to suggest ways in which policy could be framed to be more supportive of these women and their decisions.
THE CHALLENGE OF AFFLUENCE
The market promises us more choices, but is that guaranteed to increase our sense of wellbeing? And how confident can we be of making the decisions which are in our best interests.
Laurie Taylor investigates evidence that greater affluence doesn't necessarily result in greater happiness. He is joined by Professor Avner Offer author of The Challenges of Affluence, a comparative study of consumption and well being in the United States and Britain from 1950.
Dr Teela Sanders, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Crime and Deviance, University of Leeds
Sex Work: A risky business
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Forthcoming book (2008) Paying for Pleasure: Men who Buy Sex (Cullompton, Willan)
Avner Offer, Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford
The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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