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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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Geographies of Blackness

Geographies of Blackness

Tourism and the Erotics of Black Culture in Salvador

(p.18) Chapter One Geographies of Blackness
Sex Tourism in Bahia

Erica Lorraine Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the connections between the cultural and sexual politics of the transnational tourism industry in Salvador. It first provides an overview of sex tourism zones as well as zones of class and race in Salvador before turning to the city's Afro-Brazilian cultural tourism. More specifically, it considers how Afro-Brazilian men, commonly referred to as caça-gringas, or pega-turistas, capitalize on their cultural expertise to attract female and male foreign tourists by teaching capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance and percussion. The caça-gringas illustrate the key role played by Afro-Brazilian culture in the marketing of Bahia in the international tourism industry as the Black Mecca. The chapter also looks at Candomblé as a case study in Afro-Brazilian cultural appropriation. It shows that the spatial and racial dynamics of sex work in the tourist districts are bound up with processes of social exclusion.

Keywords:   sexual politics, tourism industry, Salvador, sex tourism, Afro-Brazilian men, foreign tourists, Afro-Brazilian cultural tourism, Afro-Brazilian culture, transnational tourism, Candomblé

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