Fractured families: pathways to sex work in Nairobi, Kenya

dc.contributor.authorRoss, Melanie D.
dc.contributor.supervisorMitchell, Lisa M.
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-26T18:37:09Z
dc.date.available2008-08-26T18:37:09Z
dc.date.copyright2008en_US
dc.date.issued2008-08-26T18:37:09Z
dc.degree.departmentDept. of Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe reasons why African women become engaged in sex work have received little attention in academic research. While it is largely acknowledged that there exists a connection between entering the sex trade and poverty, not all women who are poor enter sex work. Through the use of life histories with 21 women between the ages of 18 and 42, this thesis explores the combination of factors that lead women and girls to become commercial sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya. This method provides a detailed look at initiation into sex work as it occurs over the life course for women and girls in this context. Additionally, this thesis examines how structural violence impinges on their lives, thereby increasing vulnerability to engagement in sex work. Examining the larger socio-political and economic contexts illustrates how issues such as HIV/AIDS, migrant labour, changing gender roles, the erosion of existing familial structures and gender inequities structure risk for suffering for women. These issues result in many girls losing caregiver support by being orphaned, while additionally, women are burdened with providing total economic and social support for the family in a society that has gendered economic opportunities. Both girls and women are left with few options other than the sex trade to survive.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/1085
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectlife historyen_US
dc.subjectfemale sex workersen_US
dc.subjectprostitutionen_US
dc.subjectsex tradeen_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.subjectNairobien_US
dc.subjectlife courseen_US
dc.subjectstructural violenceen_US
dc.subjectHIVen_US
dc.subjectAIDSen_US
dc.subjectsupporten_US
dc.subjectgender rolesen_US
dc.subjectfamilyen_US
dc.subjectgender inequalityen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.subjectnarrativeen_US
dc.subjectsex work initiationen_US
dc.subjectmedical anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectcommerical sex worken_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleFractured families: pathways to sex work in Nairobi, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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