Research acknowledges that stigma affects women in prostitution and impacts on their lives, yet there is an assumption that this stigma is a personal attribute, that derives from their „profession‟. Moreover, this body of work has not given sufficient voice to the women who have had the „lived experience‟ of prostitution. As a result these voices and experiences of stigma remain underrepresented, especially stories from women who have left the sex trade. Following an examination of Goffman‟s concept of stigma, I will describe the process of the stigmatisation of the prostituted woman in Ireland. The efforts involved in managing a stigma will be examined, and provide examples that will highlight that the process of stigmatisation of prostituted women is a result of a historical legacy of women‟s oppression. Taken together this affects the individual, the structures and the people that surround her. Emphasising the essential voices of former prostituted women, this dissertation aims to explore if stigmatisation has affected their identity in their present lives and present a qualitative narrative methodological response and will story the lives of two women who have exited prostitution. By including the voices of women who had the lived experience, scientific knowledge of the researcher will be contrasted with the experienced based knowledge of the participant. This approach offers rich new perspectives on social issues that affect women in our society and ensures that research is responsive to the needs of those who most need it, as it fully considers their experiences and their voices centrally in the research process.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2015|