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Selling Sex in the ReichProstitutes in German Society, 1914-1945$
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Victoria Harris

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.001.0001

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Introduction: Rescuing the Fallen Woman

Introduction: Rescuing the Fallen Woman

(p.9) Introduction: Rescuing the Fallen Woman
Selling Sex in the Reich

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The introduction outlines the wider historical and academic context of the period examined by this book. It begins by establishing the development of urban prostitution and its management from industrialization until the beginning of the twentieth century, describing the German Penal Code's laws on prostitution as well as specific local strategies. It then turns to an analysis of academic discussions of prostitution, charting the relationship between the development of feminism, post‐structuralism and conceptions of prostitution. It seeks to locate studies of prostitution within the categories of gender, class, and deviance, focusing on the notion of Eigensinn and corporeality. A discussion of the specific sources and locations discussed in this book is followed by an introduction to the cities of Leipzig and Hamburg.

Keywords:   feminism, post‐structuralism, experience, class, gender, sexuality, deviance, agency, Eigensinn, prostitution

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