Outside, Hidden and in Between: Locating the Migrant Exotic Dancer in Canadian Legal Discourse and Regulatory Practice
21 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 16, 2010
This article examines how objections against commercial sex, re-positioned from religious and moral to secular and modernist stances, converge with Canada’s broader economic and immigration policies. It focuses specifically on immigrant women in exotic dancing and on the exotic dancer visa alongside other temporary work permits issued to women in the “dirty, dangerous and difficult” or “3-D” sectors. This intervention in feminist legal theory draws upon spatial analysis to provide a more profound engagement of the law’s discursive power beyond the rhetorical and symbolic by drawing attention to how law creates and shapes spaces in material terms.
Keywords: commercial sex, Canada, economic, immigration policy, immigrant women, exotic women, exotic dancer, regulatory practice, regulation
JEL Classification: K10
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