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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2727

Title: A comparative investigation of safer sex practices among Canadian and New Zealand prostitutes
Authors: Meaghan, Diane
Keywords: informal learning
self-directed learning
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
adult education
community resources
developed nations
education work relationships
educational research
educational resources
health promotions
informal education
information sources
physical health
sex education
sexually transmitted diseases
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT
Series/Report no.: NALL Working Paper;13
Abstract: This discussion paper represents some preliminary thinking concerning a research project (jointly undertaken with Jody Hanson of Waikato University in New Zealand) comparing how safer sex practices are learned among prostitutes in two sites of Canada and New Zealand, and investigating if such training could be transferred to the population at large. The study involved female and post-operative transgendered prostitutes and their male clients. A broad definition of safer sex practices was utilized to incorporate a range of sexual activities providing physical, sexual and emotional safety for all parties involved. Using feminist standpoint theory, the female prostitute became the site of investigation of political struggle and a possible source of social change. Feminist standpoint theory was also linked with experientially-based adult education theory to establish (a) how prostitutes learn and practice safer sex, in what specific contexts safe sex practices emerge and what were the contributing factors that facilitate and constrain such practices (b) whether it is possible for prostitutes to function as pedagogical models in the transfer of skills and knowledge to others and (c) if a process that provides agency and empowerment to prostitutes by reframing a discourse of deviance and disease to one of knowledgeable sexual service worker could alter prostitute status in society. The investigation consisted of an examination of the specific attitudes, expectations and behaviours that prostitutes acquire which make them successful in learning to establish their autonomy and to work safely. Ethnographic investigations of 47 prostitutes in Canada and 60 prostitutes in New Zealand took place through semi-structured interviews, focus groups and open-ended discussions that supplemented the researchers' observations and participation in the culture of sex trade work
URI: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/13safesexpractice.pdf
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