...a zealous study by a feminist committed to understanding and overturning male prejudices, government prescriptions, social and moral contradictions, and sexual discrimination. ( Social Anthropology overturning)
... the decision to do anthropological research in this fascinating urban setting was an excellent one. ( The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)
... offer(s) valuable insights into the social processes shaping lower middle class and working class women's working lives ... vividly illustrates the value and difficulties of sensitive ethnography, and goes beyond what you might expect from a good journalistic account in its reflections on prostitution historically and cross-culturally. ( IJPS)
Taboo! presents a personalized ethnography that is not just deeply compassionate but actively supportive of the sex worker/performer's right to her profession ... Throughout the book Saeed makes a compelling argument for the prostitute-performer's right to live and work with dignity ... an engrossing read. ( The Book Review South Asia Special)
It is a product of authentic, honest and unbiased research, narrated in the form of an ethnography, which is an important tool for taking one aspect of a society as a window into the larger system. ( Star Weekend (Pakistan))
The book breaks the myth propagated about prositutes in the society and presents the reality of their lives as they exist. ( The News on Sunday (Pakistan))
... an extremely gripping book, bristling with facts. ( The Nation Literary Supplement (Pakistan))
This book takes you on a journey of discovery into the famous red light district of Shahi Mohalla in Lahore. The author tells her story through the lives of people linked to the Shahi Mohalla: the prostitutes with their pimps, managers and customers as well as the musicians and others. Most of these people are struggling to make a living by following ancient traditions, yet not knowing clearly where they fit in the larger picture of present day society. The traditional practice of prostitution in South Asia has always been closely linked with music and dance performances. Through their stories, the book also highlights the contributions that these people have made to our society and to the world of the performing arts. Pakistani society has created and reinforced many myths to explain why prostitution has nothing to do with 'nice people'. These myths put all the blame on 'immoral' women who are responsible for tricking 'honest' men into sinful acts. Our society has also strongly discouraged anyone from questioning these myths. By exposing our myths about prostitution, the book helps eradicate a blind spot in our understanding of power relations experienced by all women throughout our society.
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110195794125
Descripción Oxford University Press, USA, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0195794125
Descripción Oxford University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0195794125