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What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic (Latin America Otherwise)

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In locations around the world, sex tourism is a booming business. What's Love Got to Do with It? is an in-depth examination of the motivations of workers, clients, and others connected to the sex tourism business in Sosúa, a town on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Denise Brennan considers why Dominican and Haitian women move to Sosúa to pursue sex work and describes how sex tourists, primarily Europeans, come to Sosúa to buy sex cheaply and live out racialized fantasies. For the sex workers, Brennan explains, the sex trade is more than a means of survival—it is an advancement strategy that hinges on their successful “performance” of love. Many of these women seek to turn a commercialized sexual transaction into a long-term relationship that could lead to marriage, migration, and a way out of poverty.

Illuminating the complex world of Sosúa’s sex business in rich detail, Brennan draws on extensive interviews not only with sex workers and clients, but also with others who facilitate and benefit from the sex trade. She weaves these voices into an analysis of Dominican economic and migration histories to consider the opportunities—or lack thereof—available to poor Dominican women. She shows how these women, local actors caught in a web of global economic relations, try to take advantage of the foreign men who are in Sosúa to take advantage of them. Through her detailed study of the lives and working conditions of the women in Sosúa’s sex trade, Brennan raises important questions about women’s power, control, and opportunities in a globalized economy.

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An ethnographic case study of sex tourism in the Dominican Republic, showing how the sex trade is linked to economic and cultural globalization.

About the Author

Denise Brennan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822332596
Author:
Brennan, Denise
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Walter D. Mignolo
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Author:
Brennan
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
var-Hull
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Dominican Republic
Subject:
Sex tourism - Dominican Republic - Sosua
Subject:
Prostitution - Dominican Republic
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b&w photos, 2 maps
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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