Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic / Edition 1

Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic / Edition 1

by Mark Padilla
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226644367

ISBN-13: 9780226644363

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In recent years, the economy of the Caribbean has become almost completely dependent on international tourism. And today one of the chief ways that foreign visitors there seek pleasure is through prostitution. While much has been written on the female sex workers who service these tourists, Caribbean Pleasure Industry shifts the focus onto the men. Drawing

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In recent years, the economy of the Caribbean has become almost completely dependent on international tourism. And today one of the chief ways that foreign visitors there seek pleasure is through prostitution. While much has been written on the female sex workers who service these tourists, Caribbean Pleasure Industry shifts the focus onto the men. Drawing on his groundbreaking ethnographic research in the Dominican Republic, Mark Padilla discovers a complex world where the global political and economic impact of tourism has led to shifting sexual identities, growing economic pressures, and new challenges for HIV prevention. In fluid prose, Padilla analyzes men who have sex with male tourists, yet identify themselves as “normal” heterosexual men and struggle to maintain this status within their relationships with wives and girlfriends. Padilla’s exceptional ability to describe the experiences of these men will interest anthropologists, but his examination of bisexuality and tourism as much-neglected factors in the HIV/AIDS epidemic makes this book essential to anyone concerned with health and sexuality in the Caribbean or beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226644363
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Series:
Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
897,121
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Introduction

1 Global Sexual Spaces and Their Hierarchies

2 "Me Lo Busco": Looking for Life in the Dominican Pleasure Industry

3 "Orgullo Gay Dominicano": Shifting Cultural Politics of Sexual Identity in Santo Domingo

4 Familial Discretions: Unveiling the Other Side of Sex Work

5 "Love," Finance, and Authenticity in Gay Sex Tourism

6 AIDS, the "Bisexual Bridge," and the Political Economy of Risk

Conclusion

APPENDIX
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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