Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

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Zed Books, 2007 - 248 pàgines

This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest.

Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' disempowers them. Based on extensive research amongst migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustín, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry. Although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy.

Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.

 

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Continguts

SEXUAL COMMOTION
1
WORKING TO TRAVEL TRAVELLING TO WORK
10
A WORLD OF SERVICES
53
THE RISE OF THE SOCIAL AND OF PROSTITUTION
96
GRASPING THE THING ITSELF METHODOLOGY
134
FROM CHARITY TO SOLIDARITY IN THE FIELD WITH HELPERS
152
PARTIAL TRUTHS
191
Works Cited
196
Primary Sources
228
Index
240
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Laura Agustín studies cultural and postcolonial issues linking commercial sex, migration, informal economies and feminist theory. She currently lives in London, researching the situation of migrant workers in the sex industry.
Laura Agustín studies cultural and postcolonial issues linking commercial sex, migration, informal economies and feminist theory. She currently lives in London, researching the situation of migrant workers in the sex industry.

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