Reinforcing or Challenging Stigma? The Risks and Benefits of ‘Dignity Talk’ in Sex Work Discourse

@article{Cunningham2016ReinforcingOC,
  title={Reinforcing or Challenging Stigma? The Risks and Benefits of ‘Dignity Talk’ in Sex Work Discourse},
  author={S. Cunningham},
  journal={International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de S{\'e}miotique juridique},
  year={2016},
  volume={29},
  pages={45-65}
}
  • S. Cunningham
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique
The concept of ‘human dignity’ sits at the heart of international human rights law and a growing number of national constitutions and yet its meaning is heavily contested and contingent. I aim to supplement the theoretical literature on dignity by providing an empirical study of how the concept is used in the specific context of legal discourse on sex work. I will analyse jurisprudence in which commercial sex was declared as incompatible with human dignity, focussing on the South African… Expand
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