The Meaning of the Purchase

  title={The Meaning of the Purchase},
  author={Elizabeth Bernstein},
  pages={389 - 420}
Feminists and other scholars have debated theoretically what exactly is being purchased in the prostitution transaction and whether sex can be `a service like any other', but they have scarcely tackled these questions empirically. This article draws upon field observations of and interviews with male clients of commercial sex-workers and state agents entrusted with regulating them to probe the meanings given to different types of commercial sexual exchange. Manifested by client arrests and re… 

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