Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness

Jon Swords, Mary Laing, Ian Cook

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Abstract

This paper examines the interconnectedness of sex work with the platform economy. It does this by mobilising two concepts from the platform economy literature: the platform stack (which captures the structure of platforms) and interpenetration (which describes the processes through which platforms intersect). Exploring these concepts, the paper draws on a dataset of linked platforms used by 54 cam workers and documented observations of 55 different platforms. These platforms include those designed for sex workers as well as those with a more generalist function. In mapping this platform ecology, the paper highlights some of the opportunities, barriers and risks that platform interpenetration presents for sex workers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSexualities
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 May 2021

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