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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 Society

The Prostitute and Society

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(p.116) 3 The Prostitute and Society
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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/9780199578573.003.0005

This chapter examines the relationship between the prostitute milieu and wider society. It begins with the example of citizen vigilante Hermann Abel and the anti‐prostitution newspaper he produced in Hamburg in the 1920s, before moving to other popular responses to prostitution during the period. It explores the differences in motivation and scope between different types of complaints about prostitution. What, in relation to the sex trade, did different individual and groups complain about and why? What caused citizens to choose one particular mechanism of complaint over another? What factors predisposed some citizens to be more likely to make a complaint than others? Why might some citizens not have complained at all?

Keywords:   Hermann Abel, police, modernity, moral panics, emancipation, grassroots, citizenship, complaint, Leipzig, new woman

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