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Article: Dangerous women of Hong Kong? Media construction of stigma in female sex workers

TitleDangerous women of Hong Kong? Media construction of stigma in female sex workers
Authors
KeywordsSex workers
Stigma
Media
Hong Kong
Issue Date2013
PublisherGESDAV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.jbhvh.com/
Citation
Journal of Behavioral Health, 2013, v. 2 n. 1, p. 59-65 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study used a cultural model analysis to examine the Hong Kong print media’s social construction of stigma in respect to female sex workers. An analysis was conducted on captions and main headlines of two newspaper (Chinese and English) median in Hong Kong, 2003-2006. A total of 591 articles on sex workers were recruited in the analysis with 422 located from the Ming Pao and 169 articles the SCMP. A total of Sixty seven articles on health issues were identified. In Hong Kong, as in elsewhere, sex workers were commonly labeled as the sources of sexually transmitted diseases and as women who endangered the public safety through socially unacceptable occupations. They were also portrayed as “ugly”, “weak” and “powerless” in the articles identified. We conclude the Hong Kong print media plays a significant role in contributing to the stigmatization of sex workers, heightening health risk and vulnerability. Such social construction of public stigma then in turn, can be argued to contribute to a lessened propensity for female sex workers both seek and engage with formal health services.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159600
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dc.contributor.authorFong, Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorHolroyd, EAen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, WCWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T05:53:06Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T05:53:06Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Behavioral Health, 2013, v. 2 n. 1, p. 59-65en_US
dc.identifier.issn2146-8346-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159600-
dc.description.abstractThis study used a cultural model analysis to examine the Hong Kong print media’s social construction of stigma in respect to female sex workers. An analysis was conducted on captions and main headlines of two newspaper (Chinese and English) median in Hong Kong, 2003-2006. A total of 591 articles on sex workers were recruited in the analysis with 422 located from the Ming Pao and 169 articles the SCMP. A total of Sixty seven articles on health issues were identified. In Hong Kong, as in elsewhere, sex workers were commonly labeled as the sources of sexually transmitted diseases and as women who endangered the public safety through socially unacceptable occupations. They were also portrayed as “ugly”, “weak” and “powerless” in the articles identified. We conclude the Hong Kong print media plays a significant role in contributing to the stigmatization of sex workers, heightening health risk and vulnerability. Such social construction of public stigma then in turn, can be argued to contribute to a lessened propensity for female sex workers both seek and engage with formal health services.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherGESDAV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.jbhvh.com/-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Behavioral Healthen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectSex workers-
dc.subjectStigma-
dc.subjectMedia-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.titleDangerous women of Hong Kong? Media construction of stigma in female sex workersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, WCW: wongwcw@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWong, WCW=rp01457en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5455/jbh.20120607063411-
dc.identifier.hkuros204151en_US
dc.identifier.volume2-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage59-
dc.identifier.epage65-
dc.publisher.placeTurkey-

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