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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. You're using an out-of-date version of Internet Explorer. Log In Sign Up. Ronald Weitzer. In his study of Chicago in the s, Walter largely on street prostitution zones. This paper examines this kind of and divorce Reckless , p. Vice such as prostitution, zone in Ghent, Belgium. Today, these traditional depictions of vice districts—as Keywords Prostitution. There is also a symbolic dimension—the them with public nuisance—and entire red-light districts idea that such businesses disturb local moral sensibilities by RLDs have been associated with all kinds of maladies.
These studies suggest that social cluster of visible indoor erotic businesses strip clubs, porn disorder, physical decay, and other social problems are not shops, erotic bars, peep shows, massage parlors, brothels. It inherent in places where adult businesses operate and that, is indeed remarkable that so little research, ethnographic or instead, the existence of such problems is a variable that de- other, has been devoted to such contemporary indoor RLDs, pends on the ways in which internal actors organize their given their visibility in major cities like Amsterdam, Bangkok, activities and the ways in which external stakeholders engage Frankfurt, The Hague, Hamburg, Hong Kong, and Tokyo ex- with the district.
Little is known about the social Antwerp and Brussels. Our research questions focus on inter- organization of such districts, how they are managed by actors nal arrangements and actors i.
This article addresses RLD. How do internal actors operate within this RLD; how is each of these dimensions in the context of Ghent. Such monolithic zones are usually re- within the political economy of each city. RLDs also the socioeconomic status and political influence of the popu- vary in terms of the kinds of erotic businesses they contain. Window workers typically are not em- chester and White In some cases, external intervention ployees; they or a middleman simply rents a room from a is driven more by the interests of the local state than by pres- building owner Weitzer The owner or middleman sure from below, as seen recently in Amsterdam for example may exercise some control e.
We examine dependent or underage sellers , but in general, the women the role of the state, residents, and other forces in the course of operate independently of the owners.