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Preface and Introduction

Legg, Stephen

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Officially confined to red-light districts, brothels in British India were tolerated until the 1920s. Yet, by this time, prostitution reform campaigns led by Indian, imperial, and international bodies were combining the social scientific insights of sexology and hygiene with the moral condemnations of sexual slavery and human trafficking. These reformers identified the brothel as exacerbating rather than containing "corrupting prostitutes" and the threat of venereal diseases, and therefore encouraged the suppression of brothels rather than their urban segregation. In this book, Stephen Legg tracks the complex spatial politics surrounding brothels in the interwar period at multiple scales, including the local, regional, national, imperial, and global. Campaigns and state policies against brothels did not just operate at different scales but made scales themselves, forging new urban, provincial, colonial, and international formations. In so doing, they also remade the boundary between the state and the social, through which the prostitute was, Legg concludes, "civilly abandoned."

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Legg, S. (2014). Preface and Introduction. In Prostitution and the ends of empire: scale, governmentalities, and interwar IndiaDuke University Press

Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2014
Publicly Available Date Sep 27, 2014
Publisher Duke University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Article Number vii-39
Book Title Prostitution and the ends of empire: scale, governmentalities, and interwar India
ISBN 9780822357735
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3370
Publisher URL https://www.dukeupress.edu/Prostitution-and-the-Ends-of-Empire/index-viewby=author&lastname=Legg&firstname=Stephen&middlename=&sort=newest.html
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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