Economies of Desire: Sex and Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic

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Temple University Press, Apr 28, 2009 - Business & Economics - 232 pages
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Is a native-born tour guide who has sex with tourists—in exchange for dinner or gifts or cash—merely a prostitute or gigolo? What if the tourist continues to send gifts or money to the tour guide after returning home? As this original and provocative book demonstrates, when it comes to sex—and the effects of capitalism and globalization—nothing is as simple as it might seem.

Based on ten years of research, Economies of Desire is the first ethnographic study to examine the erotic underpinnings of transnational tourism. It offers startling insights into the commingling of sex, intimacy, and market forces in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, two nations where tourism has had widespread effects. In her multi-layered analyses, Amalia Cabezas reconceptualizes our understandings of informal economies (particularly “affective economies”), “sex workers,” and “sexual tourism,” and she helps us appreciate how money, sex and love are intertwined within the structure of globalizing capitalism.

 

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Comparative study of sex and tourism (what it says on the tin) in the two countries. Suffers from bad anthropological methodological weaknesses and weak analysis. Some good points. Read full review

Contents

Affective Economies of Sexualized Tourism
1
1 Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic
25
2 Neoliberal Times in Cuba and the Dominican Republic
54
3 Eroticizing Labor in All Inclusive Resorts
85
4 Daughters of Yemayá and Other Luchadoras
112
5 Tourism Sex Work and the Discourse of Human Rights
139
Epilogue
166
Notes
169
References
187
Index
211
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Amalia L. Cabezas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of California, Riverside and co-editor of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression and Women's Poverty.

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