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A Sex Work Research Symposium: Examining Positionality in Documenting Sex Work and Sex Workers’ Rights

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Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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Institute Without Boundaries, George Brown College, Toronto, ON M5A 1P4, Canada
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Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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Department of Social Science, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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Academic Editor: Leslie Jeffrey
Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6020039
Received: 20 February 2017 / Revised: 23 March 2017 / Accepted: 26 March 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sex Workers’ Rights: Looking toward the Future)
Historically, academic literature on sex work has documented the changing debates, policies, and cultural discourse surrounding the sex industry, and their impact on the rights of sex workers worldwide. As sex work scholars look to the future of sex workers’ rights, however, we are also in a critical moment of self-reflection on how sex work scholarship engages with sex worker communities, produces knowledge surrounding sex work, and represents the lived experiences of sex workers’ rights, organizing, and activism. In this short Communication, proceedings from a recent sex work research symposium entitled, Sexual Economies, Politics, and Positionality in Sex Work Research are presented. Held at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, this symposium is a response to the need for sex work researchers, sex workers, and sex worker-led organizations to come together and critically examine the future of research on sex work and the politics of documenting sex workers’ rights. View Full-Text
Keywords: conference proceedings; sex work; sex workers’ rights; research methods; reflexivity; positionality; sexual economies; technology conference proceedings; sex work; sex workers’ rights; research methods; reflexivity; positionality; sexual economies; technology
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Lowthers, M.; Sabat, M.; Durisin, E.M.; Kempadoo, K. A Sex Work Research Symposium: Examining Positionality in Documenting Sex Work and Sex Workers’ Rights. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 39.

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