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Article: Stigma and sex work from the perspective of female sex workers in Hong Kong

TitleStigma and sex work from the perspective of female sex workers in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsHong Kong
Qualitative
Sex workers
Stigma
Issue Date2011
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/SHIL
Citation
Sociology Of Health And Illness, 2011, v. 33 n. 1, p. 50-65 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile the stigma surrounding sex work is both well documented and easily recognised, few studies examine stigma in this context from the perspective of the sex workers themselves. In this article we report on a study using a modified grounded theory approach to analyse a series of semi-structured interviews with 49 female sex workers in Hong Kong, in order to examine the ways in which this group experiences and negotiates the stigma which arises from their employment in the sex industry. Sex workers in Hong Kong were subject to various stigmatising forces in their daily lives in their interactions with the public, the police and their families. These processes could have a negative impact on the sex workers' health, both through obvious manifestations such as physical or verbal abuse and through more subtle processes such as those which generated or perpetuated vulnerability and those which compelled the sex workers to conceal their identities and withdraw themselves from social networks. These findings are situated in the context of broader research surrounding sex work, drawing attention to the consequences of stigma on health and their interaction with health-service providers, before briefly discussing possible means of overcoming stigma-related barriers to providing adequate healthcare for this marginalised group. © 2010 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2010 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135187
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.988
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.174
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dc.contributor.authorWong, WCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHolroyd, Een_HK
dc.contributor.authorBingham, Aen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T01:29:38Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T01:29:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSociology Of Health And Illness, 2011, v. 33 n. 1, p. 50-65en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0141-9889en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135187-
dc.description.abstractWhile the stigma surrounding sex work is both well documented and easily recognised, few studies examine stigma in this context from the perspective of the sex workers themselves. In this article we report on a study using a modified grounded theory approach to analyse a series of semi-structured interviews with 49 female sex workers in Hong Kong, in order to examine the ways in which this group experiences and negotiates the stigma which arises from their employment in the sex industry. Sex workers in Hong Kong were subject to various stigmatising forces in their daily lives in their interactions with the public, the police and their families. These processes could have a negative impact on the sex workers' health, both through obvious manifestations such as physical or verbal abuse and through more subtle processes such as those which generated or perpetuated vulnerability and those which compelled the sex workers to conceal their identities and withdraw themselves from social networks. These findings are situated in the context of broader research surrounding sex work, drawing attention to the consequences of stigma on health and their interaction with health-service providers, before briefly discussing possible means of overcoming stigma-related barriers to providing adequate healthcare for this marginalised group. © 2010 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2010 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/SHILen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSociology of Health and Illnessen_HK
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com-
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectQualitativeen_HK
dc.subjectSex workersen_HK
dc.subjectStigmaen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiology-
dc.subject.meshProstitution - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshSexually Transmitted Diseases - epidemiology - prevention and control - psychology-
dc.subject.meshSocial Perception-
dc.subject.meshSocial Stigma-
dc.titleStigma and sex work from the perspective of female sex workers in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, WC:wongwcw@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01276.xen_HK
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dc.identifier.volume33en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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