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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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Conclusion: Towards an Understanding of the Prostitute Experience

Conclusion: Towards an Understanding of the Prostitute Experience

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(p.186) Conclusion: Towards an Understanding of the Prostitute Experience
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Selling Sex in the Reich
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Victoria Harris (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578573.003.0007

The conclusion sums up the arguments of the book. It suggests the book's position within wider discussions of sexuality, repression, and deviance. It discusses the complicated relationship between governmental regime and attitudes towards social deviance, arguing that there is no obvious connection between totalitarianism (National Socialism) and repression, on the one hand, and liberal democracy (The Weimar Republic) and permissiveness, on the other. By starting from the prostitute and complementing her experience with political, social and economic contexts, a new and more accurate picture of the prostitute and her milieu emerges. It also reveals the significance of the disparities between national, regional and local politicians and bureaucrats, as well as the deep gulf that can arise between ideological motivation and practical implementation. Prostitution existed largely unchanged across the period, indicating that other factors continued to make trading in vice a necessity for thousands of German women.

Keywords:   prostitute, prostitution, experience, Third Reich, deviance, sexuality, Alltagsgeschichte, totalitarianism, criminality, repression

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