Flawed Theory and Method in Studies of Prostitution

@article{Weitzer2005FlawedTA,
  title={Flawed Theory and Method in Studies of Prostitution},
  author={Ronald Weitzer},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  year={2005},
  volume={11},
  pages={934 - 949}
}
  • Ronald Weitzer
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine, Engineering
  • Violence Against Women
Analysis of a body of literature on prostitution that does not meet conventional standards for scholarly inquiry or scientific research methods. 

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