Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil

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University of Toronto Press, 2020 - Social Science - 200 pages

In the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil, several local women negotiate the terms of their intimate relationships with foreign tourists, or gringos, in a situation often referred to as "sex tourism." These women have different experiences, but they share a similar desire to "escape" the social conditions of their lives in Brazil.

Based on original ethnographic research and presented in graphic form, Gringo Love explores the hopes, dreams, and realities of these women against a backdrop of deep social inequality and increasing state surveillance leading up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. It touches on important contemporary issues, including sexual economics, transnational mobility, romantic imaginaries, gender representation, race and inequality, and visual methods.

The graphic story is accompanied by analysis and contextual discussion, which encourage readers to engage with the narrative and expand their understanding of the broader social issues therein.

 

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Contents

PART 2 Gringo Love?
41
PART 3 Sair Dessa Vida
69
APPENDIX 1 Reading Guide and Discussion Questions
121
APPENDIX 2 The Making of Gringo Love
125
APPENDIX 3 The Context for Gringo Love
137
APPENDIX 4 Further Readings
163
Bibliography
171
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Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

William Flynn is an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

Débora Santos is a freelance illustrator based in Brazil.

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