Making links between sex work, gender and victimisation: The politics and pedagogies of John Schools

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Abstract

This article will explore the links between sex work, gender and victimisation. It will draw on the literature on victims and victimology as well as the literature on sex work to explore the ways in which sex work, gender and victimisation are presented at John Schools. These are court-diversion educational programmes that teach those arrested for soliciting for the purposes of buying sex the negative consequences of their actions and are currently operating in parts of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Korea. Focusing on a case study of a John School in England, it shows how the pedagogies of the John School are inherently political and structured by the local and extra-local contexts in which it is situated. It also demonstrates the small but significant influence of radical feminist ideas and tropes in the John School and the ways in which the John School presents victimisation relationally as male clients causing hidden harms to victims most notably residents and female sex workers. Here the active construction of both the victim and offender identity is critically reflected on.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-832
JournalGender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Volume22
Issue number6
Early online date27 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

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