MANAGEMENT OF RISK IN THE FEMALE SEX INDUSTRY
Changes are coming to the red light district. Prostitution, an industry reckoned to be worth more than £770m a year in the UK, employing an estimated 80, 000 women in Britain, is scheduled for its first comprehensive overhaul in fifty years.
Under proposals to be unveiled by the Home Office next month, the law is set for a shake up with the possibility that green light districts, where selling sex is tolerated, could be introduced.
Dr Teela Sanders is a Lecturer in Sociology on Crime and Deviance at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, her book Sex Work: A Risky Business will be published later on this year.
Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Teela Sanders about the findings of her 10-month ethnographic study of women working in the licensed saunas, illegal brothels, massage parlours and from home (as escorts) in Birmingham.
In 1911 a biomedical researcher Julius H. Comroe noted that Serendipity is like looking for a needle in a haystack and finding the Farmer's Daughter.
Our love affair with the idea of serendipity makes it a popular name for pleasure boats, small hotels and even the hairdressing salon. It is the discovery of something valuable or useful, whilst looking for something else.
Laurie Taylor is joined by Craig Calhoun, Professor of Sociology and History at New York University and Arthur Miller, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London to trace the intellectual history of the happy accident and ask if this kind of luck or surprising coincidence is something we can plan for?
What conditions are needed to create it? Should we be looking to social planning not serendipity?
Dr Teela Sanders
Lecturer of Sociology of Crime and Deviance, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Sex Work: A Risky Business
Professor Craig Calhoun
Professor, Sociology and History, New York University and President of the Social Science Research Council
Professor Arthur Miller
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University College, London
The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity
Robert K. Merton & Elinor Barber
Princeton University Press
ISBN 0 691 11754 3
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