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Author Tyler, Melissa, 1971- author.

Title Soho at work : pleasure and place in contemporary London / Melissa Tyler
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 234 pages)
Contents Introduction: Pleasure and place in Soho -- Soho : London's gilded gutter -- Putting work in its place : space, place and setting -- Shopping for sex : situating work in Soho's sex shops -- It's a dirty job : performing abject labour in Soho -- No place for a lady? Un/doing gender and sexuality in Soho -- Conclusion: Rhythm is our business
Summary "As a place that 'plays to all the senses' Soho has, throughout its history, been something of an abject space, maintaining a long-standing appeal as simultaneously alluring and threatening, exploiting many of those who work and consume there, at the same time as carefully nurturing its reputation as a place of bohemian indulgence, offering a warm embrace and a sense of belonging in the heart of an otherwise relatively anonymous urban environment. In his Foreword to Bernie Katz's book Soho Society, Stephen Fry emphasizes this, highlighting how the area has always offered 'outsiders' a chance to be themselves: 'Soho's public face of drugs, prostitution and seedy Bohemia ... has always hidden a private soul of family, neighborhood, kindness, warmth and connection, and those qualities shine through doggedly'. Yet Soho also has a long-standing reputation for violence and exploitation. Even Fry, one of its most vociferous defenders, is quick to warn us against being sentimental about Soho, for 'suffering, failure, sickness, despair and loneliness' are also found there in abundance as some of London's most vulnerable people either gravitate to the area or are drawn there by other means, often combining desperation with market forces"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Sex workers -- England -- London -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Sex industry -- England -- London
Gentrification -- England -- London
Place attachment -- England -- London
Ethnology -- England -- London
Sex workers -- Social conditions.
Economic history.
Place attachment.
Sex industry.
Social conditions.
Soho (London, England) -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Soho (London, England) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
England -- London.
England -- London -- Soho.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019037650
ISBN 9781316875704