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Mobile orientations : an intimate autoethnography of migration, sex work, and humanitarian borders

Author: Nicola Mai
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite continued public and legislative concern about sex trafficking across international borders, the actual lives of the individuals involved - and, more importantly, the decisions that led them to sex work - are often overlooked. The author shows that, far from being victims of a system beyond their control, many contemporary sex workers choose their profession as a means to forge a path toward fulfillment.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Mai
ISBN: 9780226584959 022658495X 9780226585000 022658500X
OCLC Number: 1027725599
Description: xx, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Intimate autoethnography --
Engaging Albanian (and Romanian) masculinities --
Selling comidas rapidas in Seville --
Boditarian inscriptions --
Burning for (mother) Europe --
The trafficking of migration --
Love, exploitation, and trafficking --
Interviewing agents --
Ethnofictional counter-representations --
Challenging sexual humanitarianism --
Research projects and filmography.
Responsibility: Nicola Mai.

Abstract:

Despite continued public and legislative concern about sex trafficking across international borders, the actual lives of the individuals involved - and, more importantly, the decisions that led them to sex work - are often overlooked. The author shows that, far from being victims of a system beyond their control, many contemporary sex workers choose their profession as a means to forge a path toward fulfillment. Using a blend of personal narrative and autoethnography, the author provides portrayals of sex workers from sites including the Balkans, the Maghreb, and West Africa who decided to sell sex as a means to achieve a better life. This book explores the contrast between how migrants understand themselves and their work and how humanitarian and governmental agencies conceal their stories, often unwittingly, by addressing them all as helpless victims. The culmination of two decades of research, this book sheds light on the desires and ambitions of migrant sex workers across the world.

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