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Cosmopolitan sex workers : women and migration in a global city

Author: Christine B N Chin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Series: Oxford studies in gender and international relations.
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"Cosmopolitan Sex Workers is a groundbreaking look into the phenomenon of non-trafficked women who migrate from one global city to another to perform paid sexual labor in Southeast Asia. Through a new, innovative framework, Christine B.N. Chin shows that as neoliberal economic restructuring processes create pathways connecting major cities throughout the world, competition and collaboration between cities creates  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine B N Chin
ISBN: 9780199890910 0199890919
OCLC Number: 821560516
Description: xviii, 234 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Kaleidoscope of City, Creativity and Cosmopolitanism --
Making of a 'World Class City': The State and Transnational Migrant Labor --
Re-establishing Internal Borders of the Nation: Creatively Repressive State Strategies --
"What is wrong with being a 'Miss'?": Transnational Migrant Women and Sex Work in the 21st Century --
"We Sell Services, We Do Not Sell People": Case Study of 'Syndicate X' in KL --
Knowing and Living in KL's Contact Zones: Gendered and Racialized Cosmopolites --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Oxford studies in gender and international relations.
Responsibility: Christine B.N. Chin.
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"Cosmopolitan Sex Workers is a groundbreaking look into the phenomenon of non-trafficked women who migrate from one global city to another to perform paid sexual labor in Southeast Asia. Through a new, innovative framework, Christine B.N. Chin shows that as neoliberal economic restructuring processes create pathways connecting major cities throughout the world, competition and collaboration between cities creates new avenues for the movement of people, services and goods. Loosely organized networks of migrant labor grow in tandem with professional-managerial classes, and sex workers migrate to different parts of cities, depending on the location of the clientele to which they cater. But while global cities create economic opportunities for migrants (and depend on the labor they provide), states react with new forms of securitization and surveillance. As a result, migrants must negotiate between appropriating and subverting the ideas that inform global economic restructuring. Chin argues that migration allows women to develop intercultural skills that help them to make these negotiations. Cosmopolitan Sex Workers is innovative not only in its focus on non-trafficked women, but in its analysis of the complex relationship between global economic processes and migration for sex work. Through fascinating interviews with sex workers in Kuala Lumpur, Chin shows that sex work can provide women with the means of earning income for families, for education, and even for their own businesses. It also allows women the means to travel the world - a form of cosmopolitanism "from below.""--Publisher's website.

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