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The Principle of Harm as Hegemonic Discourse – The Experience of Female Sex Workers in Indonesia

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dc.contributor.advisor Dwyer, Leslie Cardenas, Charisse M
dc.creator Cardenas, Charisse M 2016-12-07 2017-12-07T21:18:39Z 2017-12-07T21:18:39Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8N68M
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines prostitution and sex work in Indonesia by drawing from seven weeks of ethnographic research with female sex workers in brothels from three major cities in Indonesia. The experiences of the female sex workers are analyzed within the context of public discourse on prostitution. Utilizing feminist theories of harm, and discourse analysis of sexuality, I argue that public discourse is polarized and has conflicting positions on prostitution as both a form of social harm and as a profession in need of harm prevention. Located within this narrative are the contrasting lived experiences of women who do not conform to either binary of prostitute as victim or professional. By including their stories, I hope to expand the understanding of the complexities of sources of harm and the unexplored opportunities for harm mitigation. This research examines female sex workers’ views on sex work advocacy, brothels as safe spaces of work, and the role of the family as perpetrators of harm.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject sex work en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject prostitution as harm en_US
dc.subject principle of harm en_US
dc.subject sex work Indonesia en_US
dc.subject sexuality en_US
dc.title The Principle of Harm as Hegemonic Discourse – The Experience of Female Sex Workers in Indonesia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US Master's en_US Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US George Mason University en_US

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