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Children and the Global Sex Tradeby MS Julia Oconnell Davidson
Synopses & Reviews
This compelling new book explores the complexities of the global child sex industry, but without falling into cliché and melodrama. Julia O'Connell Davidson draws attention to the multitude of ways in which children become implicated in the sex trade, and the devastating global political and economic inequalities that underpin their involvement. She sensitively unpicks the relationship between different aspects of the sexual exploitation of children, including trafficking, prostitution and pornography, at the same time challenging popular conceptions of childhood and sexuality.
This thought-provoking book will be of interest to general readers, and to students taking a range of courses, such as gender studies and childhood studies, and courses on sexuality and globalisation.
Book News Annotation:
Davidson (sociology, U. of Nottingham) looks at the deeper social, economic and psychological issues that comprise the sexual contract system of late-modern Western culture, and why children, who are considered outside of contract, are thought by some to be a refuge from what she terms the "existential horror" of that system. Davidson examines the so-called sanctity of the child, the anomaly of prostitution and its variability, the redefinition of slavery and freedom within the sex trade, the role of oppression, whether sexual or not, the dualism inherent in trafficking of adults and children, the relation between pedophilia and sexual politics, the problem of demand in prostitution and child sex tourism, and ways to reorder thinking about sexual politics and their relationship to both children and adults. Distributed in the US by ISBS.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Julia O’Connell DavidsonisProfessor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham
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