Red light ladies : settlement patterns and material culture on the frontier Public Deposited

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  • Red Light Ladies presents a perspective on prostitution in North America, within the context of the western mining frontier. A biographical profile of the frontier prostitutor is presented, along with an archaeological model of settlement patterns and material culture. Settlement patterns and demographic changes in the prostitutor population are hypothetically correlated with economic changes. A model of the dynamic interaction of prostitution and techno-economic setting is tested and refined with historical data derived from five frontier mining towns. A model of the material culture associated with frontier prostitutes is developed deductively from historical data on prostitution. This model is not tested, but is integral to the proposed archaeological model of the settlement pattern and demography of the prostitutor population. The mobility and integration of prostitutes in a community were contingent on techno-economic phase and community history. The integration of prostitutes and the proprietary nature of prostitution services may have resulted in changes in the Victorian perspective on women as helpless, fragile, and inferior beings. Prostitution services and prostitutors as a socio-economic group were found to reflect economic trends experienced by a frontier mining community, and to function archaeologically as an indicator of economic trends in a community.
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