The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits (The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective)

ISBN-13: 9780813056456
ISBN-10: 0813056454
Author: Yamin, Rebecca, Seifert, Donna J.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Format: Hardcover 208 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780813056456
ISBN-10: 0813056454
Author: Yamin, Rebecca, Seifert, Donna J.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Format: Hardcover 208 pages

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Acknowledged authors Yamin, Rebecca, Seifert, Donna J. wrote The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits (The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective) comprising 208 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0813056454 and 9780813056456. Since then The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits (The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits synthesizes case studies from various nineteenth-century sites where material culture reveals evidence of prostitution, including a brothel in Five Points―New York City’s most notorious neighborhood―and parlor houses a few blocks from the White House and Capitol Hill. Rebecca Yamin and Donna Seifert also examine brothels in the American West―in urban Los Angeles and in frontier sites and mining camps in Sandpoint, Idaho; Prescott, Arizona; and Fargo, North Dakota. The artifact assemblages found at these sites often contradict written records, allowing archaeologists to construct a more realistic and complicated picture of daily life for working-class women involved in commercial sex.



Recognizing the agency involved in practicing a profession that has never been considered respectable, even when it wasn’t outright illegal, Yamin and Seifert also look at the agency of other individuals who participated in illicit activities, defying society privately or even publicly. The authors demonstrate the various ways disempowered groups including immigrants, African Americans, women, and the poor wielded autonomy while constrained by cultural norms. They also consider similar, contemporary expressions of agency, with particular attention to ongoing arguments surrounding the legalization of prostitution. Juxtaposing today’s debates alongside the clandestine pursuits of the past reveals how dominant moral standards determine what individual choices are publicly permissible.





A volume in the series the American Experience in Archaeological Perspective, edited by Michael S. Nassaney
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