a1 Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Swansea University E-mail: T.Sagar@swansea.ac.uk
a2 Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University E-mail: J.Croxall@swansea.ac.uk
This article focuses on the escalating shift in power from the centre to ‘community’ with specific regard to the local governance of street sex work. With reference to reforms in local governance and sex work policy, we question what localism may mean for street sex workers as both vulnerable members of the community and also anti-social subjects. Our critical examination suggests that street sex workers are susceptible to increasing marginalisation and social exclusion. To counter this, it is argued that there needs to be greater attention and investment towards improving community cohesion and democracy for ‘all’ within the localist agenda.