This contest is for a book cover for an academic dissertation to be published under our dissertation.com imprint.
Book Title: Commodification of Sexual Labor: The Contribution of Internet Communities to Prostitution Reform
Author: Jeffrey R. Young
Back cover copy: (see below)
InDesign Template: (file attached)
Page trim: 7.44"x9.69"
Binding: perfect bound paperback (choose matte or gloss finish)
Number of pages: 264
Output: To be converted to PDF from provided LSI cover template above (CYMK color), and high resolution front and back cover images in TIFF (RGB color).
PDF files should conform to PDF/X1a 2001 or PDF/X3 2002.
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BOOK SYNOPSIS FOR BACK COVER:
Most feminists agree that successful prostitution reform requires that prostitutes be respected by their clients, peers, and the community. Although respect is not the only criterion necessary for acceptable reform, many feminists believe that the absence of stigma would be a sufficiently fundamental improvement to merit the reconsideration of policies that severely restrict prostitution. The aim of this study is to show that certain online prostitution venues contribute to acceptable prostitution reform by fostering trust and respect between the participants. My hypothesis is that when commercial sex is conducted in an open atmosphere of respect and mutual understanding, within certain economic parameters, beliefs and practices that stigmatize prostitutes and prostitution are potentially neutralized. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to provide evidence that prostitution can be facilitated online with trust and respect, identify the social and economic variables that contribute to these attitudes, and explain this phenomenon with a useful social science model.
This study identifies a non-legal enforcement mechanism to facilitate cooperative exchanges based on establishing trust between participants. At the center of the cooperation system is a reputation mechanism that fosters trust between potential partners by encouraging participants to post honest reviews of their encounters with each other. Understanding the social order as a cooperation game where participants publicly signal each other in an attempt to find the most desirable partners explains the mutual trust and respect that participants have for each other. Because stigma and disrespect are founded on mistrust, this cooperation mechanism is effective in minimizing undesirable attitudes, beliefs, and practices that stigmatize and oppress prostitutes. This study suggests that prostitution reform acceptable to many feminists is possible. But in order for meaningful reform to work in practice, it must be accompanied by regulations carefully designed to protect the sexual autonomy of women without stigmatizing prostitutes.
We use a template for many of our dissertation covers, and if we can use this design as a template for future dissertations it would be a plus, but this "reusability" feature is not necessary.
In general, our dissertation covers need only express utility and credibility. Titles are often lengthy and should be legible when reduced to an internet thumbnail posted at bookseller websites. This dissertation concerns a controversial sexual/social issue it may have wider appeal than most. So in addition to the above, this design may benefit from a provocative element (although not sensational). For example, the book below is likely based on a dissertation with a similar type theme, published by a respected academic press.
We are not suggesting nudity, but a suggestive graphic is not out of the question as long as it encapsulates the content/ideas/theme expressed in the book. You may also consider expressing the computer mediated/online/technology element of the study. Alternatively, the design could be simply be text on solid background (the most credible type of cover, which is perfectly okay.) In summary, the design should express credibility above all else, but if you can make it subtly provocative (the title already is), it might solicit more attention (the purpose for publishing).
The manuscript is posted below if you want to review the text or see the layout.
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