‘I Entered This Life Because My Husband Left Me, I Have to Be Careful Now’: A Study of Domesticity, Intimacy and Belonging in the Lives of Women in Sex Work in a Red-Light Area in Eastern India

Guha, Mirna (2019) ‘I Entered This Life Because My Husband Left Me, I Have to Be Careful Now’: A Study of Domesticity, Intimacy and Belonging in the Lives of Women in Sex Work in a Red-Light Area in Eastern India. In: Romantic Relationships in a Time of ‘Cold Intimacies’. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life . Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 207-231. ISBN 978-3-030-29255-3

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29256-0_10

Abstract

In this chapter, I explore relations of intimacy and belonging within the lives of women in sex work, living in a red-light area in Eastern India. Specifically, I unpack two such relations: sexual-affective relations with long-term customers and motherhood with children born within and outside sex work. I examine how these relations are (per)formed, perceived, managed and experienced, and how they affect each other. I highlight how this process reproduces the red-light area as a space where social and emotional arrangements co-exist with the economic. Conceptually, I draw on Illouz’s (Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism. Polity, Cambridge, 2007, Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation. Polity, Cambridge, 2012) work on ‘cold intimacies’ and the ‘architecture of choice’ to explore how agency and victimhood co-exist dynamically in the lives of women in sex work for whom the ‘domestic’ and the ‘workplace’ overlap.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 14:25
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:07
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705497

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