Estudiantes que trabajan como call-girls. Estudio sobre las trabajadoras sexuales de Madison, Wisconsin

Kirsten Pullen, Mireia Bofill

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This paper sets out to speak to a possible shortcoming withing the fields of oral history and ethnography. Studies of prostitution have too often failed to consider the phenomenon in its empirical complexity. Furthermore, only relatively recently have practices of ethnography and oral history paid close attention to the power relations which accompany the knowledge relations between researcher and informant. Drawing on analysis within the tradition of sociological and theatrical performance studies, this essay seeks to give a "thick" ethnographic account of how prostitutes negotiate a qualified agency through a performance of femininity. And following Michel Foucault's analysis of confession, it also tries to disturb received conceptions of ethnographic truth as an problematic transmission from informant to researcher; the knowledge relation always implies a power relation.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalHistoria, Antropología y Fuentes Orales
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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