Prostitution in clubs situated in border areas of the Czech Republi.
The spaces of prostitution that exist in Czech Republic border areas first appeared when the country’s borders were opened and are aimed primarily at a German-speaking clientele. They represent an excellent field for studying the social and spatial configurations associated with sale of sexual services. They are also an occasion for reconsidering the questions of how sociology can gain access to a « difficult » field and how to interview actors in or linked to the activity of prostitution. Analysis of the prostitution-related trajectories of the women and customers in these border-area clubs shows that the power relations that develop in them are complex and multiform ; it also reveals the high fantasy-generating potential of the social fact of prostitution. Prostitution on the borders of the Czech Republic seems interpretable as an enclosed space where fantasies and affirmations of identity become crystallized.