How Prostitution and Sex Work Created Conflict in Public Discourses in Dublin

  • Teresa Whitaker


Intersectionality theory focuses on social processes and the dynamics of power and inequality, and assists in illuminating conflict between two advocacy groups for sex workers, in a place, namely Ireland, thereby highlighting conflicts in communication (governmental consultations, media, newspapers, radio) in the period 2009–2015. During this period the Irish government criminalised the purchase of sexual services. Differing cultural ideologies saw two advocacy groups (comprising mainly feminists and women’s issues groups) in opposing positions: those in favour of criminalising buyers (Turn off the Red Light/TORL); and those against (Sex Workers Alliance Ireland/SWAI). An autoethnographic approach demonstrated the kinds of relationships among place, conflict and communication during the events in which Whitaker was involved as a founder member of SWAI.


Advocacy Ireland Power Sex workers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Whitaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Hibernia CollegeDublinIreland

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