Students working in the Melbourne sex industry: Education, human capital and the changing patterns of the youth labour market

Lantz, Sarah (2005) Students working in the Melbourne sex industry: Education, human capital and the changing patterns of the youth labour market. Journal of Youth Studies, 8 4: 385-401. doi:10.1080/13676260500431669


Author Lantz, Sarah
Title Students working in the Melbourne sex industry: Education, human capital and the changing patterns of the youth labour market
Journal name Journal of Youth Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-6261
1469-9680
Publication date 2005-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13676260500431669
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 385
End page 401
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Carfax
Language eng
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
Abstract Students in Australia are entering the sex industry as a pragmatic response to increasing education costs and a reduction in government income support. This paper examines the lived experiences of a group of 40 young women, all post-secondary education students, working in the Melbourne sex industry. Their experiences suggest that while the Australian Government continues to implement 'user pays' reforms to the education sector, sex work will feature more dominantly as a 'normal' form of employment for students seeking to obtain a higher education. This does not suggest, however, that student poverty leads to criminality, but rather that there is a growing rift between what is considered legal 'mainstream' employment and what is considered acceptable 'legitimate' employment by young people themselves. This 'tension' emerges in the choices and decisions of the young people in this research: the fragmented, multiple identities they assume as they take on many different roles and responsibilities, exercise selective and strategic disclosure practices, are negatively positioned by others, and are active in making choices and decisions to reach their goals and imagined futures.
Q-Index Code C1
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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