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The archaeology of prostitution and clandestine pursuits

Author: Rebecca Yamin; Donna J Seifert; Michael S Nassaney
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2019] ©2019
Series: American experience in archaeological perspective.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prostitution and other illicit activities, such as gambling and smuggling, have always been a part of the American social fabric, even though the women and men who participated in these pursuits have historically tried to cover up, or hide, their questionable endeavors. Prostitution is perhaps one of the oldest forms of illicit occupations, and the archaeology of prostitution is a relatively new field of study,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Yamin; Donna J Seifert; Michael S Nassaney
ISBN: 9780813056456 0813056454
OCLC Number: 1077482634
Description: xviii, 182 pages : illustrations, maps 24 cm.
Contents: Agency and the archaeology of the unconventional --
The archaeology of prostitution in American cities --
Case studies: a brothel in New York City's most notorious neighborhood and parlor houses in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods within sight of the White House --
Brothels and prostitution in the American West --
Clandestine pursuits: public defiance of the rules --
Clandestine pursuits: private spaces --
Selling sex and keeping secrets.
Series Title: American experience in archaeological perspective.
Responsibility: Rebecca Yamin and Donna J. Seifert ; foreword by Michael S. Nassaney.

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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  Read more...

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