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- Patrons of the sex industry: perceptions of risk
- Plumridge, E. W.; Chetwynd, S. J.; Reed, A.; Gifford, S. J.
- This paper reports on an in-depth study of how men who buy sex construe risk in relation to their sexual activities. Twenty men were contacted in a massage parlour, four more through sex workers or newspaper advertisements. In-depth, face-to-face interviews were recorded. Two main discourses were articulated by the men to 'manage' risk. Parlour clients articulated a discourse of the 'cordon sanitaire' which they defined in various way to encompass elements of both commercial and non-commercial sex. Most felt while they operated within this they ran only those risks inevitable in life. Outside the cordon were dangerous venues, especially the streets. A few felt either fatalistic or invulnerable about possibilities of risk even within this 'cordon sanitaire'. Street clients articulated a different discourse about risk, based on a strategy of discrimination between women.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- AIDS Care, Vol. 8, no. 4 (1996), pp. 405-416
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1701 Psychology
- Attitude to health; Condoms; Female; Health hazard; HIV infections; Massage; Medical decision making; New Zealand; Prostitution; Public health; Risk assessment; Risk management; Risk-taking; Sexual behavior; Spouses
- Oxford Journals
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 1996 Journals Oxford Ltd.
- Additional information
- S. M. Gifford is incorrectly named on the paper as 'S. J. Gifford'.
- Peer reviewed