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Through darkness, through light : narratives of women leaving the sex trade

This study explores the transfonnational processes ofwomen leaving the sex trade. It discerns what interpersonal and intrapersonal transitions foster a sense of personal expansion and transfonnation in leaving the sex trade. The co-researchers consisted of four women who had left sex trade work. Phenomenology and narrative inquiry served as theoretical and methodological . frameworks that guided the study. In addition, thematic analysis was utilized specifically to isolate metathemes and themes within the data. What was important to the coresearchers in their transfonnational processes was as complex and unique as their personal histories and experiences. However, overarching similarities emerged from the co-researchers narratives. The metathemes distinguished in the data were understanding history, self/identity, building relationships, sexuality, economic viability, and triggers. Future considerations for further research include having a larger sample, representing male experiences of transfonnation, and interviewing co-researchers two years following the initial interview. / Graduate
Date16 November 2011
CreatorsRozeck-Allen, Tamara Lynn
ContributorsMarshall, Anne
Source SetsUniversity of Victoria
LanguageEnglish, English
Detected LanguageEnglish
RightsAvailable to the World Wide Web

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