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Women of the StreetHow the Criminal Justice-Social Services Alliance Fails Women in Prostitution$
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Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854493

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854493.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Women of the Street

Susan Dewey

Tonia St. Germain

NYU Press

This chapter introduces the criminal justice–social services alliance, a punitive-therapeutic confederation of federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies and state, municipal, or independent nonprofit social services entities. The diverse bodies and individuals comprising the alliance are united by a cultural ethos characterized by the belief that street-based prostitution and illicit drug use are inherently harmful to women, who require sociolegal intervention and subsequent demonstration of their readiness to express accountability for their life circumstances. Encounters between street-involved women and alliance professionals take place within the context of systemic intimacy, a paradoxical relationship between individuals who belong to oppositional social groups and who consequently must assess one another’s motivations and inner states as they go about the daily business of making a living. This chapter also presents a review of the research methods employed as well as associated ethical considerations, and a chapter overview.

Keywords:   systemic intimacy, methods, alliance ethos

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