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Emotional histories in the fight to end prostitution

Emotional histories in the fight to end prostitution

Emotional Communities, 1869 to Today
Michele Renée Greer, Emotional histories in the fight to end prostitution. Emotional Communities, 1869 to Today, London, Bloomsbury, coll. « History of emotions », 2023, 221 p., ISBN : 978-1-350-27556-0.
Notice publiée le 12 décembre 2022

Présentation de l'éditeur

This book sheds new light on the ongoing fight to end prostitution through a historical study of its emotional communities. An issue that has long been the subject of much debate amongst feminists, governments and communities alike, the history of the fight to end prostitution has an important bearing on feminist politics today.

This book identifies key abolitionist emotional communities, tracing their origins, interactions and evolutions with various historical and contemporary emotional styles. In doing do, Emotional Histories in the Fight to End Prostitution highlights a more nuanced view of the movement's history.

From Moral Liberals in 19th century Britain to the American anti-pornography movement and Swedish 'Nordic Model', Emotional Histories in the Fight to End Prostitution shows how emotional styles and practices have influenced the evolution of the fight against prostitution in Britain, the United States and Western Europe. From the fear of sin, to maternal compassion and survivor shame and loss, Michele Greer historicizes emotions and studies them as dynamic forms of situated knowledge. In doing so, she sheds light on how women's lived experiences have been transformed and politicized, and raises important questions around how feminist emotions in social protest can not only challenge but unknowingly defend existing socio-political conventions and inequalities. Highlighting the links between past and present forms of abolitionism, it shows that this connection is more complex and far-reaching than currently assumed, and offers new perspectives on the history of emotions.

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Michele Renée Greer

Michele Renée Greer is Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts at Kyonggi University, South Korea, and is also affiliated with the Centre of Sociological and Political Research of Paris, France.

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