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The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria

Nancy M. Wingfield


This book encompasses the world of prostitution in late imperial Austria. It addresses female agency and experience, contemporary fears about sexual coercion and the forced movement of girls and women, and police surveillance. Prostitution is analyzed at three different, but interlinked levels: subjectivity, society, and state. Rather than treating prostitutes solely as victims or problems to be solved, in contrast to much of the historical literature, it seeks to find the historical subjects behind fin-de-siècle constructions of prostitutes, to restore agency to the women who participated in ... More

Keywords: brothel, clandestine prostitution, Mädchenhandel, tolerated prostitution, prostitutes, vice police, regulation, trafficking, venereal disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801658
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy M. Wingfield, author
Presidential Research Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University