An exploration of the experiences of women involved in prostitution using the critical analysis of their autobiographies

Tewkesbury, Jane (2011) An exploration of the experiences of women involved in prostitution using the critical analysis of their autobiographies. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of the study was to undertake a qualitative data analysis of autobiographies in order to explore and understanding the life experiences of women who have been involved in prostitution. A systematic selection of relevant autobiographies was undertaken using criteria determined by the researcher. Core themes and experiences were identified in the prostitutes’ accounts and subsequently analysed and discussed using a feminist theoretical framework. The data was critically analysed drawing on methods used in discourse analysis, narrative analysis and content analysis. The results showed that there were some common themes in the experiences of the women, both before and during their work as a prostitute. The three themes that were analysed were being forced into prostitution, choosing to enter prostitution and resilience. In addition, some experiences were unique to individuals and had not been shared by other prostitutes. Some themes that the researcher expected to find were not realised in the analysis of the data. The research showed that using qualitative data analysis to explore autobiographies can produce data that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the issues that the women have experienced. The research can subsequently be used by social workers to inform and improve their practice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 15:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4170

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