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Prostitution as Vagrancy: Sweden 1923-1964
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 7, no 2, 142-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues for the need of a historical perspective when discussing the construction of social and criminal state policy and legislation. The article discusses prostitution and women in prostitution as these were perceived in different commissions in Sweden during 1923–1964. During the period women in prostitution went from being characterized as ‘normal’ but a menace to society, to having hereditary deficiencies, to psychopathological and later to be seen as sociopaths. They should be corrected for the sake of the nation and society but also for their own sake. This article also shows that the conceptualization of prostitution as a question of male demand rather than female supply could be seen as early as in the 1950s. This demand of a change of policy, unheard for decades but then picked up again, has to be seen as a liberal feminist legacy rather than as a social democratic welfare development

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Routledge , 2006. Vol. 7, no 2, 142-163 p.
Keyword [en]
Prostitution, Vagrancy, Sweden
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Economic History
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50459DOI: 10.1080/14043850601025065OAI: diva2:381489
Available from: 2010-12-27 Created: 2010-12-27 Last updated: 2015-09-17Bibliographically approved

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