What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic / Edition 1

What's Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic / Edition 1

by Denise Brennan, Walter D. Mignolo, Irene Silverblatt, Sonia Saldivar-Hull
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822332973

ISBN-13: 9780822332978

Pub. Date: 05/14/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332978
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/14/2004
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
743,987
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series ix

Acknowledgments
xi

Introduction: Elena and Jurgen 1

I. The Town

1. Sosua: A Transnational Tow 13

2. Imagining and Experiencing Sosua
51

II. The Transnational Plan: Looking Beyond Dominican Borders

3. Performing Love 91

III. The Sex Trade

4. Sosua’s Sex Workers: Their Families and Working Lives 119

5. Advancement Strategies in Sosua’s Sex Trade
154

IV. Plan Accomplished: Getting Beyond Dominican Borders

6. Transnational Disappointments: Living in Europe 185

Conclusion: Changes in Sex Workers’ Lives, Sosua, and Its Sex Trade 207

Notes 221

Glossary
245

Bibliography 249

Index 273

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