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Selling Sex in the ReichProstitutes in German Society, 1914-1945$
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Victoria Harris

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.001.0001

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The Prostitute and the State

The Prostitute and the State

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(p.148) 4 The Prostitute and the State
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Selling Sex in the Reich
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Victoria Harris (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the interaction between prostitutes and the state agencies charged with controlling them, in particular, the development of, and rivalry between, the two major institutions dedicated to prostitution management: the police and the social workers. It asks not only how each of these agencies interacted with prostitutes, but also how they dealt with each other. How did competition for resources between these two types of bureaucrats affect prostitutes? Did prostitutes prefer one agency to the other? If so, why? How did changing theories of deviance and worth affect bureaucrats' approaches to prostitution management?

Keywords:   police, regulation, social workers, welfare state, asocials, concentration camps, sterilization, Käthe Petersen, rescue homes, incarceration

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