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Remembering and Representing Victims in Research

  • Louise WattisEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)

Abstract

Historically, women linked to prostitution have been represented pejoratively in media and crimino-legal discourses which persist in reinforcing marginality and stigma, and legitimating violence against sex workers. The early part of this chapter explores these concerns before drawing upon research findings from oral history interviews focusing on participants’ memories of victims. Here I present an alternative set of representations to remedy the invisibility and hyper visibility which often defines the framing of sex workers as victims. While research findings reveal the Othering of women with participants engaging in both conscious and unconscious victim blaming, accounts also highlight more in-depth and humanizing recollections often shaped by social and spatial proximity which connect women to locality and community.

Keywords

Media representation Prostitution and stigma Sex workers as victims Invisibility and hypervisibility Oral history and memory Social proximity Spatial proximity Class and community 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Business, LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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