Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Maher, Lisa: Sexed Work
Jill A. McCorkel & Brittnie Aiello
Lisa's Maher's Sexed Work: Gender, Race, and Resistance in a Brooklyn Drug Market is an ethnographic study of women's participation in a local drug economy—one that begins with the question of how gender and race structure poor women's access to licit and illicit labor markets. Originally published in 1997, it is already considered a classic in the field of feminist criminology because of its rich account of the inner workings of the crack-cocaine market and its sharp theoretical insights regarding social structure and human agency. The emergence of feminist analyses of crime can be traced to civil rights activism in the 1960s, particularly the second wave of the women's movement. The women's movement raised awareness and offered alternate theoretical perspectives and analyses of various crime-related topics ranging from prostitution to rape. The movement sparked scholarly interest in women's experiences with crime and renewed longstanding debates over gender differences in crime ...