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Author Wingfield, Nancy M. (Nancy Meriwether), author

Title The world of prostitution in late imperial Austria / Nancy M. Wingfield
Published Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Contents Introduction -- The Riehl trial -- Reforming prostitution in post-Riehl Vienna -- Peripheries: regulating prostitution in the provinces -- Brothel life: tolerated prostitutes, their clients, the madams, and the vice police -- Clandestine prostitutes: women of the streets, their pimps, the vice police, and the public -- The trafficking panic in late imperial Austria -- Morals and morale during the Great War -- Epilogue
Summary This study of prostitution addresses issues of female agency and experience, as well as contemporary fears about sexual coercion and the forced movement of girls/women, and police surveillance. Rather than treating prostitutes solely as victims or problems to be solved, as so often has been the case in much of the literature, Nancy M. Wingfield seeks to find the historical subjects behind fin-de-siecle constructions of prostitutes, to restore agency to the women who participated in commercial sex, illuminate their quotidian experiences, and to place these women, some of whom made a rational economic decision to sell their bodies, in the larger social context of late imperial Austria. Wingfield investigates the interactions of both registered and clandestine prostitutes with the vice police and other supervisory agents, including physicians and court officials, as well as with the inhabitants of these women's world, including brothel clients and madams, and pimps, rather than focusing top-down on the state-constructed apparatus of surveillance. Close reading of a broad range of primary and secondary sources shows that some prostitutes in late imperial Austria took control over their own fates, at least as much as other working-class women, in the last decades before the end of the Monarchy. And after 1918, bureaucratic transition did not necessarily parallel political transition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Prostitution -- Government policy -- Austria -- History -- 20th century
Prostitution -- Austria -- History -- 20th century
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Austria -- History -- 20th century
Trials (Prostitution) -- Austria -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
Prostitution -- Government policy.
Sexually transmitted diseases.
Trials (Prostitution)
Austria -- History -- 1867-1918
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191840297 (electronic bk.)
0192521683 (electronic bk.)
9780191840296 (electronic bk.)
9780192521682 (electronic bk.)