Sex Tourism: Marginal People and Liminalities

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Overview

"Sex tourism! For most people these two words conjure up an image of red light districts in places like Amsterdam and Bangkok, or seedy images of men in raincoats boarding buses for massage parlours away from home. Sex Tourism, however, argues that these images are only part of a wider social context. Tourists are socially condoned, feted, temporary people, free from the normal restraints of work and family. The sex worker is historically a socially condemned person, who challenges the norms of society." "Sex Tourism examines the issues that emerge from sex worker-client interactions and from tourists visiting 'sex destinations'. It is a comprehensive summary of past research complemented by original primary and secondary research by the authors and has examples from Asia, Australasia and the USA. It looks at male and female roles as sex workers and sex tourists and discusses the implications for a sense of identity, for both hetero- and homosexuals. It examines the emergence of tourism products and destinations based on sexuality, such as the major gay events in Sydney and San Francisco. It refers to issues such as child prostitution, sex slavery and mail order brides - situations wherein, arguably, senses of positive self-identity are denied." "The authors have generated new models to show different dimensions of sex tourism. These normalise at least some components of sex industry and represent a new way of looking at sex tourism. They may challenge the preconceived perceptions that some people have of sex tourism, or confirm the impression of others. Sex Tourism looks at issues of importance to those working in tourism, women's studies, gender studies and social change."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

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'A valuable contribution to the literature because it brings together a disparate body of research into one volume under a single theoretical context It is a positive step toward the development of a more critical perspective on the construction of sex tourism.' - Vincent J. Del Casino Jr, California State University for Cultural Geographies

'Sex Tourism is to be hugely welcomed as an addition to the tourism sociology literature ... an excellent study, which is scholarly, yet accessible, and will undoubtedly become essential reading for researchers.' - International Journal of Tourism Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415195096
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/6/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Chris Ryan is Professor of Tourism at the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Professor Colin Michael Hall is Professor and Head of the Centre for Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Holidays, sex and identity: a history of social development 1
2 Tourism and prostitution: a symbiotic relationship 22
3 Paradigms of sex tourism 47
4 Bodies, identity, self-fulfilment and self-denial 69
5 Bodies on the margin: gay and lesbian tourism 101
6 Sexual slavery: trafficking sex 117
7 The role of the state: regulating sex and travel 135
8 Afterword 151
Bibliography 153
Index 169
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