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Author Sanders-McDonagh, Erin

Title Women and Sex Tourism Landscapes
Published Georgetown : Taylor and Francis, 2016


Description 1 online resource (181 pages)
Series Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
Contemporary geographies of leisure, tourism, and mobility.
Contents Cover ; Half Title ; Title Page ; Copyright Page ; Dedication ; Table of Contents ; Acknowledgement; Preface; 1. Introduction; The where of desire; Note; 2. Researching public sex performance; Sexual spaces and places: Thailand; Sexual spaces and places: Amsterdam; Desiring looks; Ethnography in tourism settings; The field: Thailand and the Netherlands; Research and reflexivity; Conclusion; Notes; 3. The visual politics of female desire; The politics of visual pleasure; Desiring looks: the tourist gaze; Gendering sex tourism practices; Consuming difference: exotic/erotic Others
Note4. Producing desire; Situating the sex tourism industry in Thailand; Situating the sex tourism industry in the Netherlands; Conclusions; 5. Women, tourism, and the spaces of desire: Making the familiar strange; Sexual imaginaries; Liminality and alterity; Note; 6. Ontologies of difference: The low-Other; Desexing the sexual; Conclusion; Notes; 7. The power and politics of the gaze; Watching the Other; The figurative stare: understanding the female gaze; Dis/identification and the gaze; Looking back: the oppositional gaze; Historicizing hierarchies: the politics of mobility
Reframing desireConclusion; 8. Disgusting Others: Inscribing difference as disgust; Field note excerpt (26 July 2013: 16.30); Conclusions; 9. Constructing the Other: The politics of respectable femininities, prostitution, and stigmall; The sex industry in Thailand; The Dutch sex industry; Prostitution and stigma; Implications for future research; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Sexual spaces, normally inhabited by (mostly) female sex workers, are understood as masculine spaces, and positioned for and around male consumers. However, red light zones and public sex performances in both Thailand and Holland are being explored and visually consumed by female tourists in significant numbers. Their presence in red light districts and sexual venues is at odds with the ways in which sexual spaces have normally been positioned. Woman and Sex Tourism Landscapes explores female tourists' interactions with highly sexualized spaces and places in two very different contexts: the Netherlands and Thailand. Addressing this incongruence, this text explores the ways in which these spaces are constructed, and examines the different relations that govern the management of, and female tourist interactions with these liminal, sexual zones. Ethnographic data collected in both countries suggests that far from being male-centred spaces, the red light districts and associated sexual entertainment venues are very much open to female tourists. Drawing on this research the author argues that some women are indeed interested in exploring sexualized zones, challenging assumptions about women's involvements with sexual space. Thinking specifically about the visual nature of women's sexualized experiences, the analysis draws on a range of different theoretical understandings that address power, privilege, and the gaze. An important contribution to a range of debates, this book will appeal to students and researchers in tourism, geography, sociology, gender studies and cultural theory."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-158) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Sex tourism -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Sex tourism -- Thailand
Women tourists -- Attitudes
Red-light districts -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Red-light districts -- Thailand
Red-light districts.
Sex tourism.
Netherlands -- Amsterdam.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317601159