Soho at work : pleasure and place in contemporary London / Melissa Tyler.

by Tyler, Melissa, 1971- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 2020.Description: xvi, 234 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781316635599.Subject(s): Ethnology -- England -- London | Gentrification -- England -- London | Place attachment -- England -- London | Sex workers -- England -- London -- Social conditions -- 21st century | Sex-oriented businesses -- England -- London | Soho (London, England) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century | Soho (London, England) -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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What is it like to work in a place that is both a thriving and close-knit community and a globally recognised part of the commercial sex industry? London's Soho has always been a place of complexity, contrast and change throughout its colourful history, yet urban branding, local community initiatives and licensing regulations have combined to 'clean up' Soho, arguably to the point of sanitisation, and commercial over-development remains a continuing threat. In spite of all this, Soho retains its edge and remains a unique place to live, work and consume. Based on a ten-year ethnographic study of working in Soho's sex shops, combining archival material, literary sources, photographic materials and interviews with men and women employed there, Tyler draws together insights from history, geography and cultural studies to tell the unseen story of this fascinating work place.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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In this engaging, decade-in-the-making ethnographic account, Tyler (Univ. of Essex, UK) demonstrates how a sense of place (imbued with historical significance, yet constantly evolving) helps shape the experiences of those who make their daily living in that particular context. Through a multimethod approach that includes participant observation, photography, and in-depth interviews with both workers and customers, Tyler explores the socially constructed meanings these actors attach to London's famed Soho sex shops. She pays particular attention to the emotional, aesthetic, and sexualized labor routinely performed by its workers, and the ambivalence they often experience in the course of conducting their occupations. This particular lived experience is embedded in a comprehensive, thorough, accessible analysis of the historical factors that shaped Soho's past and of the contemporary policies promising to fashion its future. While the work and setting of Soho may appear unique, readers will find the dynamism of these concepts much more universal than initially assumed. The result is a richly descriptive and analytically provocative book that weaves together cultural history, geography, and sociology. Some readers will likely find themselves curiously lured to Soho for a visit, like moths drawn to a (red) light. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and faculty. --John R. Mitrano, Central Connecticut State University