Monograph

Izabela Ślęzak (2019)

Social construction of sex work: ethnography of escort agencies in Poland

Publishing house Łódź University Press
Place of publication Łódź-Kraków
Page references 249
Language English

ISBN: 978-83-8142-097-6

This book presents an analysis of the social organization of escort agencies in Poland. Izabela Ślęzak focuses on the actions of female sex workers, who are seen as active participants co-creating their working conditions. She analyzes the interactions between sex workers and their clients. Furthermore, she discusses the relationships between employees of the premises, namely the women providing sex services, the managers of the agencies, and security workers.

The conclusions of the publication are the result of long-standing ethnographic research carried out in escort agencies, as well as unstructured interviews with their employees and clients. The book is addressed to people who are interested in qualitative sociology, interpretative sociology, and those who would like to understand contemporary escort agencies which operate in Poland. It will be also important for employees of organizations that work with people who provide sex services.

About the author

Izabela Ślęzak is assistant professor in the Institute of Sociology of the University of Lodz. She has written several dozen articles and a monograph entitled Praca kobiet świadczących usługi seksualne w agencjach towarzyskich [The work of female sex workers in escort agencies], which won the 2017 EGOS Book Award from the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) for best book in the field of organization studies. For this book, in 2016, she also received the Annual Award of the Section of Social Anthropology, Polish Sociological Association for the Best Research in Anthropology of the Year 2017.