Sex Tourism in Bahia

Paperback | October 30, 2013

byErica Lorraine Williams

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For nearly a decade, Brazil has surpassed Thailand as the world's premier sex tourism destination. As the first full-length ethnography of sex tourism in Brazil, this pioneering study treats sex tourism as a complex and multidimensional phenomenon that involves a range of activities and erotic connections, from sex work to romantic transnational relationships. Erica Lorraine Williams explores sex tourism in the Brazilian state of Bahia from the perspectives of foreign tourists, tourism industry workers, sex workers who engage in liaisons with foreigners, and Afro-Brazilian men and women who contend with foreigners' stereotypical assumptions about their licentiousness. She shows how the Bahian state strategically exploits the touristic desire for exotic culture by appropriating an eroticized blackness and commodifying the Afro-Brazilian culture in order to sell Bahia to foreign travelers.

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For nearly a decade, Brazil has surpassed Thailand as the world's premier sex tourism destination. As the first full-length ethnography of sex tourism in Brazil, this pioneering study treats sex tourism as a complex and multidimensional phenomenon that involves a range of activities and erotic connections, from sex work to romantic tra...

Erica Lorraine Williams is an assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252079442

ISBN - 13:9780252079443

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"In the first ethnographic study of sex workers in Bahia, Brazil, Dr. Erica Lorraine Williams deftly situates sex tourism within the local, national and international spheres of economics, history, race and sexuality.  Writing with an ability to speak to a range of readers from undergraduates to experts in the field, Williams provides an intriguing, complicated, and specific account of how sex workers, both male and female, negotiate their jobs, identities, sexualities and racial identities/representations in the sex tourism capital of the world. . . . By opening up her research to a variety of relationships, Williams allowed Bahia to teach her rather than the other way around, a much-needed lesson for all students and scholars."--Women's Studies International Forum "Sex Tourism in Bahia is a very successful ethnographic text that raises interesting questions and issues related to how we define 'sex tourism' and 'sex work,' the ways government and institutional programs are complicit in perpetuating racial and gender stereotypes of hypersexuality and vulnerability, and the links between transnational desires and the proliferation of sexual and affective liaisons."--H-Net Reviews