Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness

Swords, Jon, Laing, Mary and Cook, Ian (2023) Platforms, sex work and their interconnectedness. Sexualities, 26 (3). pp. 277-297. ISSN 1363-4607

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This article examines the interconnectedness of sex work with the platform economy. It does this by mobilizing 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 article 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 article 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: 26 May 2023 09:30

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