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Internet- den virtuella skölden för en sexarbetare?: En kvalitativ studie om hur internets roll avspeglar sig i en sexarbetares liv Av: Elinor Westerstråhle
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK. 8205287603.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to gain a closer understanding of how security and vulnerability are experienced online when sexual services are conveyed and if the sex worker finds it unpleasant to be monitored online. The issues relating to safety, vulnerability and monitoring have been analyzed using theories like Foucault's "Panopticism" (1991), which is a social theory of monitoring and Amanda Lagerqvist's theory of "digital throwness" (2017) in which she touches the vulnerability the network puts us in. Previous research such as Oulasvirta's (2012) study of the ten Finnish families whose online use was monitored and the effects of this have become a contributing factor to my investigation to get more insight into how a sex worker feels online.

The method chosen for the study is a qualitative analysis study. The emperic material is collected by means of an interview guide consisting of semistructured questions and these have been distributed using asynchronous email interviews. The results found indicate that the sex workers that have participated in this study generally feel safe online, and in some cases it is because they are at their computer or mobile phone and not in a vulnerable location or in close proximity with their purchaser. It is also possible to draw certain conclusions that the concern of monitoring makes the respondents conceal their identity online. These factors reinforce the feeling of not feeling so exposed and monitored.

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2017. , p. 33
Keywords [en]
Internet, Sexual service, Escorts, Exposure, Vulnerability, Security, Monitoring, Surveillance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-144269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-144269DiVA, id: diva2:1110030
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Available from: 2017-06-29 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved

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