publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Sex Worker Political Development in Costa Rica: from Informal Solidarities to Formal Organizing

Koné, Mzilikazi;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Abstract
While many accounts of sex workers presume they lack agency, this project studies how people framed as powerless assert positions of power through social interactions, friendships, and organizing. I examine sex workers' politics and power from the perspective of a subset of female Costa Rican sex workers. I engage specifically with sex workers who organize, in order to theorize everyday experiences of politics, including solidarity building and acts of accommodation or resistance vis-à-vis state interventions, health policies, and the police. Central theoretical bases for the project include Michael Hanchard and James Scott on "politics from below." I also draw ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Political Science, Latin American studies, Women's studies, Empowerment, Human rights, Organizing, Politics, Sex workers, Transnational organizing
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