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Sex work in Nepal : the making and unmaking of a category

Author: Lisa Caviglia
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
Series: Nepal and Himalayan studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores 'sex-work' in Nepal as a social and analytical category. Narrating stories of those subsumed under such definition, it examines changes as well as continuities characterizing socio-cultural norms and perceptions through an analysis of sexual consumption. It also highlights the ways in which the development sector, media and local community discourses frame 'sex-work' as a distinct category. How  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Caviglia, Lisa.
Sex work in Nepal.
London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
(OCoLC)991707301
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Caviglia
ISBN: 9781351393300 1351393308 9781138106338 113810633X 1351393316 9781351393317 9781315141893 1315141892 9781351393294 1351393294
OCLC Number: 1003254564
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chapter 1 Drawing boundaries: an introduction --
chapter 2 An incomplete feminist ethnography --
chapter 3 The 'sex worker' as category --
chapter 4 Representations of sex work in Nepal: Othering cycles --
chapter 5 Space and women in urban Nepal --
chapter 6 Exchanging intimacy --
chapter 7 Transnational movements and the 'body' as capital investment --
chapter 8 Towards a conclusion: negotiating selves between categories.
Series Title: Nepal and Himalayan studies.
Responsibility: Lisa Caviglia.

Abstract:

This book explores 'sex-work' in Nepal as a social and analytical category. Narrating stories of those subsumed under such definition, it examines changes as well as continuities characterizing socio-cultural norms and perceptions through an analysis of sexual consumption. It also highlights the ways in which the development sector, media and local community discourses frame 'sex-work' as a distinct category. How does the work of development aid projects affect the understanding of the 'sex worker'? How are visual and media images employed to mark spaces of perdition in the Nepalese urban setting and what forms of imagination do they trigger? How are intimate practices and relations transformed by imported notions of love, and how do standards of propriety related to such interactions shift? This book attempts to answer some of these questions. An in-depth and intimate ethnography, the book deconstructs the 'sex worker' against the backdrop of global influences within local urban surroundings and points to the contradictions therein. Furthermore, through thorough descriptions of the experiences, agency, decision-making processes and lives of those labelled as sex workers, the book challenges concepts such as deviance and victimhood. It proposes a counternarrative by rethinking ideas of gender, objectification, marginality, symbolic violence and discrimination. This book will greatly interest researchers and scholars in women and gender studies, sociology and social anthropology, South Asian studies and social sciences as also NGOs and those in the development sector.

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