Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness

Jon Swords, Jon Swords, Laing, Mary and Cook, Ian (2021) Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness. Sexualities. ISSN 1363-4607 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/13634607211023013

Abstract

This paper examines the interconnectedness of sex work with the platform economy. It does this by mobilising two concepts from the platform economy literature: the platform stack (which captures the structure of platforms) and interpenetration (which describes the processes through which platforms intersect). Exploring these concepts, the paper draws on a dataset of linked platforms used by 54 cam workers and documented observations of 55 different platforms. These platforms include those designed for sex workers as well as those with a more generalist function. In mapping this platform ecology, the paper highlights some of the opportunities, barriers and risks that platform interpenetration presents for sex workers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex industry, platform economy, platform stack, interpenetration
Subjects: L100 Economics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 19 May 2021 07:27
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46210

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