Dr. Robert J. Stevenson is an independent scholar and an Expert Witness in the area of white collar crime. He has worked as a military sociologist research scientist, and is a former assistant professor at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. He has taught at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the University of Maryland at College Park, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned a Ph.D. in sociology. Dr. Stevenson has published work on social deviance, criminology, and military sociology.
2005 0-7734-6168-X La Zona is the Mexican name for the specific section of the community where prositution is tolerated. This two-period ethnography of a brothel community located on Mexico’s northern border was conducted during the late Vietnam era. The only study of its kind, it examines five themes absent from the literature on prostitution: first, the “demand” side of the market: the male clientele; second, the social psychology of the client role; third, the extra-occupational lives of the women; fourth, changes in social mobility patterns and career contingencies and fifth, the documentation of preconditions necessary for the emergence of the role of the pimp.
This case study explores the operation of a brothel community in Frontier City, Mexico during a period of economic prosperity (1969-1972). Participant observation provides a typology of the major forms of prostitution practiced and the characteristics of the clientele (American, Mexican-American, Mexican) are discussed. While most studies of prostitution ignore the importance and structure of the clientele,. i.e., men: their recreational values, dating preferences and social functions, this study demonstrates that the nature, size, and composition of the clientele pool are related in important ways to the level of economic activity in the American southwest and traces the impact this has on physical and social mobility, working conditions, friendship and recreational networks that emerge on the site. The major findings concern an elaboration of the social psychological requirements for negotiating the client role; the importance of the male heterosexual subculture in learning to become a client; the focal concerns of the prostitutes and the lack of structural support for pimps--seen largely in terms of functional substitutes and institutional arrangements. A Postscript (The Summer of 1974) explores significant changes in the scene after roughly two years.