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Roberto Scaramuzzino. Foto: Patrik Hekkala

Roberto Scaramuzzino

Docent | Postdoc | FD i socialt arbete

Roberto Scaramuzzino. Foto: Patrik Hekkala

Violence, Sex or Work? Claims-making against the Swedish ban on the purchase of sexual services on the Internet

Författare

  • Gabriella Scaramuzzino
  • Roberto Scaramuzzino

Summary, in English

Internationally there is an on-going political struggle regarding whether to define prostitution as violence, sex or work. In Sweden, however, the national law that bans purchase of sexual services, by defining prostitution as violence against women, has strong support. The aim of this article is to identify and describe claims-making and mobilisation on the Internet against Swedish prostitution policy, and to explain arguments and positions by relating them to different ‘prostitution regimes’. Through qualitative text analysis of websites, three different critical positions against the Swedish law and its implementation by Social Services are identified, which correspond to three of the regimes considered: legalisation, toleration and abolition. Such positions are upheld by three collective actors mobilising sex clients, sex workers, prostitutes and their allies. Results suggest that other countries’ policies and their implementation are important inspirations for critics of the Swedish policy on prostitution, not least through mobilisation at European level.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan

Publiceringsår

2014

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Social Work & Society

Volym

12

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Di P P - N R W

Ämne

  • Social Work

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1613-8953