Social protection policies regarding sex work in The Netherlands use ‘age’ as an instrument to create binaries between adults and young people. The concept ‘chronological age’ assumes that age is a static feature and supports the process of categorization; however, age is a socially constructed phenomenon and has an embodied experience that is gendered. The objective of this research is to understand the role of ‘age’ in shaping social protection policies regarding sex work in The Netherlands, by analyzing how age is understood by those involved in the design and implementation of policies related to sex work in The Netherlands.

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Keywords Age, sex work, minimum age policies, gender, agency, protection, resilience, prostitution.
Publisher International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/51411
Series ISS Working Papers - General Series
Journal ISS Working Paper Series / General Series
Note ISS MA Award winner for the academic year 2012-2013
Citation
Coumans, S.V. (2014). How age matters. ISS Working Paper Series / General Series (Vol. 588, pp. 1–51). International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/51411