Prostitution as an Ecology of Confidence Games: The Scripted Behavior of Prostitutes and Vice Officers

  • Maxine Atkinson
  • Jacqueline Boles
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (Persp. Sex.)


Most research on prostitution has considered it either a form of deviant behavior or one of the more extreme examples of occupational professionalization (Gray, 1973; Winnick and Kinsie, 1973; Hirschi, 1962). Little research has included the effects of criminal statutes and law enforcement practices on the behavior of prostitutes even though the illegality of prostitution and police strategies to control it strongly relate to the behavior, attitudes and lifestyles of prostitutes themselves (Roby, 1972; James, 1975).


Police Practice Hair Style Street Cleaner Strip Club Confidence Game 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxine Atkinson
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Boles
    • 1
  1. 1.USA

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