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Progress Notes: December 2011

Male Sex Work and Society
*Preliminary Announcment Only

Edited by Victor Minichiello, PhD and John Scott, Phd
This is the first scholarly, comprehensive volume devoted to male sex work. Leading contributors from developed and developing countries (including North and South America, Europe, East Asia and the Subcontinent, Oceania, and Africa) will examine research on male sex workers and their clients. The book will adopt an innovative framework which melds scholarly accounts with biographical narratives.

In addition to reviewing the most current peer review journal literature, the co-editors summarize original research based on archives of quantitative and qualitative data sourced from three continents (North America, Europe and Australia). Part of this data was collected from prior studies ever undertaken of male sex work. Sections of the book will also be based on new data based on a major study on male sex work funded by the Australian government.

In recent decades new ways of thinking and speaking about male sex work have emerged, challenging older perspectives which have viewed male “prostitution” as deviance and pathology. Historical and cultural variation in male sex work has been acknowledged such that the activity is now understood in complex and dynamic terms. No longer is male sex work to be conflated with “homosexuality” or the female sex industry, but has now emerged as an important area of study as well as social activity in its own right. Previously neglected aspects of male sex work, such as servicing female clientele (the gigolo) and upper income forms of private work (escorting) have gained visibility, in terms of both scholarly and popular attention.

Recent scholarly writing on the male sex industry has largely come from two areas: the social sciences (e.g., psychology and sociology) and the humanities (e.g., history). There has also emerged a range of popular work on male sex work in the visual arts, including cinema and literature, most of which has not been accounted for in scholarly writing.

This work will integrate, for the first time, these separate disciplinary approaches in one volume. While contributions will be from scholars in their separate fields, they will be integrated through editorial material which defines narrow disciplinary terminology and allows for a thorough understanding of the field.


  1. Male Sex Work in History (Historical focus): how male sex work has been represented in popular culture, with reference to literature, film, television, and the visual arts.
  2. Male Sex Work in Popular Culture (Cultural focus): how male sex work has been represented in literature, film, television, and the visual arts.
  3. Male Sex Work In and Out of the City (Geographic focus): how geography influences male sex work, especially with respect to differences between urban and rural environments. In addition, the spatial organization of male sex work in urban environments will be analyzed, including street work, bar work, and “beats.”
  4. Researching Contemporary Male Sex Work (Sociological focus): how current social science research defines the field. For example, why do men enter male prostitution? Do they enjoy their work? How do they identify themselves sexually? What are the social forces underlying the gigolo? In addition, this chapter will examine the client.
  5. Regulating the Male Sex Industry (Criminological focus): how the social control of male sex work is dealt with from both historical and contemporary perspective. Examining public health and legal controls, as well as contemporary debates regarding the regulation of male sex work, and the sex industry in general.
  6. Male Sex Work and Public Health (Health Science focus): how public health researchers and practitioners deal with male sex work, especially in regard to sexuality transmitted diseases or infections. A special focus will be on recent research indicating an increase in risk behaviors in Western context, especially sexual intercourse without condoms (bareback sex), and alcoholism and substance abuse/dependency as special populations within the male sex worker community.
  7. Male Sex Work and Psychology (Psychological and Mental Health Focus): how psychological research has dealt with male sex workers, especially within the context of how much older research has slanted towards the study of special problem populations. Efforts at psychosocial interventions, and social outreach programs.


About the Editors

Professor Minichiello is Dean, Faculty of the Professions, University of New England (Australia). He is an internationally recognized sexual health and public health researcher who has published over 170 books and journal articles with a high citation rate. He has published extensively on the subject of the male sex industry (over 20 journal papers) making him one of the world’s top authorities, including invitations to contribute to four recent international edited books and encyclopedia on men and masculinities. His research has focused on sexuality issues with a number of marginalized groups, including men who have sex with men, sex workers and older persons.

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Dr. John Scott is Acting Head, School of Arts, University of New England (Australia). He is an internationally recognized sexual health and public health researcher. Since 2001, John has published one book, one book chapter and eight peer-reviewed articles on the sex industry in Australia. He has also published two encyclopedia entries on aspects of the sex industry and presented numerous seminars and conference papers on the sex industry at national and international forums. His expertise in this area has been recognized with references to his work in scholarly publications (50+ citations to his sex industry research since 2005), government reports and national and international media.

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Scheduled for publication late 2012 by
Harrington Park Press, LLC
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Publisher: Bill Cohen
Senior Book Editor: Richard Koffler, PhD