Action Research with Trans women sex workers: policy, space, and social challenges

Anna Zoli, Katherine Johnson, Giorgio Cingolani, Gianmarco Pulcini

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This paper outlines the first cycle of Action Research (AR) conducted to explore the context of Trans women sex workers in Lido Tre Archi, Italy. A cycle of Action Research (planning, action, observation, reflection) was completed by the researchers in order to enter the context and build coalitions with locals. Data was collected in the form of ethnographic notes from informal consultations with different stakeholders, naturalistic observations, and documents (news, pictures, policies) and analysed using Thematic Analysis. Findings are organised in relation to the social, policy, and physical context in Lido Tre Archi demonstrating evidence of the contextual challenges and how they intertwine to generate a spiral of marginalisation and social exclusion for the participants. We take a collaborative and reflexive stance in our work and conclude with recommended steps to initiate the next AR cycle.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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Keywords

  • Action Research
  • sex work
  • trans people
  • Italy
  • prostitution

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