Virtual Discussion – Researching Hate Studies, PGR and ECR Discussion Group: Daisy Matthews

Wednesday 9 November 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm GMT, online (UK)


Exploring how religious and spiritual sex workers negotiate their identities for safety and stigma management (Daisy Matthews, Nottingham Trent University)


There is a significant gap in the literature on the everyday experiences of religious and spiritual sex workers. My research addresses these limitations by exploring i) what is the relationship between sex workers religious/spiritual and occupational identities and how does this impact their everyday experiences? ii) do religious/spiritual sex workers face identity dilemmas and if so, in what spaces? iii) how do religious/spiritual sex workers negotiate their identities for “harmony” between their potentially conflicting identities? I investigate these questions using participant-driven photo elicitation, diaries, and semi-structured interviews. I discuss how religious/spiritual and sex worker identities are performed for safety and stigma management in spaces for sex work and non-sex work interactions. I also touch upon discussions of selective disclosure (Koken 2012) and analyse how participants utilise jewellery and clothing for stigma management. My research examines negotiations of identity at the microlevel, in the context of the stigma of sex work, and raises broader questions about the ineffectiveness of sex work related policies.

About this discussion group:

This discussion group is part of the BSC Hate Crime Network, and has been designed to create a supportive space for PGRs and ECRs who are researching within the broad area of hate studies. PGRs could include students studying at MA and doctoral level, and ECRs includes those researchers who are within five years of receiving their doctorate. The group brings PGRs and ECRs together to share their research projects, discuss methodological issues, and consider best practices when researching sensitive topics.

The group will touch upon, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Working with and supporting victims
  • Managing the sensitivity of hate studies research
  • Ethical issues
  • Working with policy-makers and practitioners
  • Creative and inclusive research methods
  • Our responsibility as researchers
  • Working with perpetrators of hate crime

In addition to these discussions, the group will also organise occasional training sessions with more experienced researchers. These training sessions could cover some of the above, but please get in touch if there are any particular areas that you would benefit from. These sessions will be led by an experienced researcher within the area of hate studies, but there will continue to be an emphasis on open discussion and Q&A. All sessions will run online (unless otherwise stated) via Zoom. These will be bi-monthly on a Wednesday afternoon lasting 1 hour (2-3pm). Presenters will speak for approximately 25 minutes, and this will be followed by a discussion.

If you would like to present at one of these discussion groups, please contact Leah Burch ( @LeahFBurch) with a short bio and abstract. This does not need to be detailed but should give a broad overview of a potential topic/issue/method that you would like to discuss. Alternatively, if you have a theme/question that you would like discuss or for a training session, please get in touch.

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