Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sex for Sale in ScotlandProstitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1900-1939$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Louise Settle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400008

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400008.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 17 May 2022

The Social Geography of Prostitution1

The Social Geography of Prostitution1

(p.52) Chapter 3 The Social Geography of Prostitution1
Sex for Sale in Scotland

Louise Settle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter uses court and police records alongside other contemporaries’ writings on prostitution to gain a fuller understanding of how prostitution was organised and to explore the wider social implications attached to this use of space. By chronologically mapping the changing location of prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is possible to track how emerging technologies and the development of new entertainment venues influenced the location of prostitution and shaped women’s opportunities for successful solicitation. The first half of the chapter focuses on the geography of prostitution in Edinburgh, beginning with street solicitation and moving on to look at the location of brothels. The second half examines the location of prostitution in Glasgow, following a similar pattern. Whilst the previous chapter stressed the role that the state played in shaping the organisation of prostitution, this chapter will show that the women’s utilisation of new commercial and technological developments was at least equally important in that process, thus demonstrating women’s ability to cross boundaries of gender, class and respectable femininity, highlighting these women’s historical agency.

Keywords:   Prostitution, Geography, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Class, Maps, Technology, Entertainment

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.