Client Power and Condom Negotiation: Dyadic Conflict and Social Structure in the Post-Apartheid Sex Work Industry Open Access

Vaughn, Michael Patrick (2017)

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Relational and societal power structures characterize and impact client-sex worker interactions and, in turn, are likely to influence the negotiation of condom use in their transactions. In the present multimethod study, I investigate South African clients of sex workers' access to different dimensions of power and their impact on condom use and negotiation. Sex work in South Africa provides a unique setting for the study of power through its highly visible connections to racial, sexual, and economic power structures. Drawing on survey data, I find that race impacts condom use, with Black clients of sex workers reporting greater condom use than non-Black clients. I supplement these findings with client interview data, which illustrate how different dimensions of power can be used to influence decision making within the sex work transaction, often to overcome sex workers' resistance.

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Table of Contents 1. On Studying Clients . . . . . . . . 3 2. Power and the Sex Work Industry . . . . . . . 4 3. Quantitative Methodology . . . . . . . 12 4. Quantitative Discussion . . . . . . . . 17 5. Qualitative Methodology . . . . . . . . 18 6. Qualitative Discussion . . . . . . . . 26 7. Conclusion . . . . . . . . . 28 8. References . . . . . . . . . 31 9. Figure 1: Conceptual Model . . . . . . . 36 10. Table 1: Descriptive Statistics . . . . . . . 37 11. Table 2: Correlation Matrix . . . . . . . 38 12. Table 3: Regression Table . . . . . . . 39 13. Appendices . . . . . . . . . 40

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