Approaches to the regulation and governance of prostitution in contemporary Italy

Crowhurst, Isabel (2012) Approaches to the regulation and governance of prostitution in contemporary Italy. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 9(3), pp. 223-232. ISSN (print) 1868-9884

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This article offers a critical analysis of the prostitution policy reforms pursued in Italy in the 2000s by center-right governments led by Silvio Berlusconi. It investigates the construction of prostitution underlying the punitive laws proposed and the discourses invoked to sustain them. It shows that governmental policy approaches pursued during this period were based on a narrow understanding on this complex phenomenon, dominated by a discourse of danger which centered on the need to protect the country's imperiled public safety. The article also discusses the outcomes of these proposed changes. It shows that while the bills proposed by center-right governments in the 2000s failed to be passed into prostitution law, their key principles have been incorporated and implemented at the local level as part of new public safety measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prostitution policy, Sex trafficking, Public safety, Punitivism, Discourse, Italy
Research Area: Social work and social policy and administration
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Isabel Crowhurst
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 15:03
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 18:13

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