Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai

By: Svati P. Shah

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Street Corner Secrets challenges widespread notions of sex work in India by examining solicitation in three spaces within the city of Mumbai where sexual commerce may be solicited alongside other income-generating activities. These spaces—brothels, streets, and public day-wage labor markets (nakas are seldom placed within the same analytic frame. Focusing on women who had migrated to Mumbai from rural, economically underdeveloped areas within India, Svati P. Shah argues that selling sexual services is one of a number of ways women working as laborers may earn a living, demonstrating that sex work, like day labor, is a part of India's vast informal economy. Here, various means of earning—legitimized or stigmatized, legal or illegal—overlap or exist in close proximity to one another, shaping a narrow field of livelihood options that women navigate daily. In the course of this rich ethnography, Shah discusses policing practices, migrants' access to housing and water, the production of public space, critiques of states and citizenship, and the location of violence within debates on sexual commerce.Printed Pages:296.

Title: Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai

Author Name: Svati P. Shah

Categories: India, Gender Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2014

ISBN: 8125056289

ISBN 13: 9788125056287

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101875

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