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Sex Tourism in BahiaAmbiguous Entanglements$
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Erica Lorraine Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037931.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

The Specter of Sex Tourism in a Globalized World

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(p.159) Conclusion
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Sex Tourism in Bahia
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Erica Lorraine Williams

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037931.003.0009

This book contributes to the anthropology of globalization by probing how people on the ground are negotiating global inequalities in their sexual practices and intimate lives. It has shown that, while top-down globalization in the form of the tourism industry still promises to spread the wealth to reach more Brazilian citizens, Bahian sex workers, tour guides, tourism industry workers, and cultural producers are enacting “insurgent cosmopolitanism” in the form of “counter-hegemonic solidarity, bottom-up globalization.” While the government, nongovernmental organizations, journalists, and abolitionist feminists focus on sex tourism as the problem of white Western elite men exploiting poor, marginalized, Third World women, sex workers in Salvador saw opportunities for cosmopolitanism, advancement, romance, intimacy, and potential transnational mobility through their ambiguous entanglements with foreigners. The book concludes by raising questions and implications for future research on issues of race, sexuality, and globalization within cultural anthropology.

Keywords:   globalization, tourism industry, Bahia, sex workers, insurgent cosmopolitanism, sex tourism, transnational mobility, ambiguous entanglements, race, sexuality

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