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Intimate Economies

Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market (Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment)

By Susanne Hofmann (Edited by)

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Format: Hardback, 276 pages, 1st ed. 2016 Edition
Other Information: XI, 276 p.
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 January 2017
This book illustrates how intimate workers in different socio-cultural contexts negotiate the commercial uses of their sexuality, identity, affect, and bodies, thereby often defying inequality, impoverishment, and resource depletion in their regions. The studies shed light on the multi-faceted experiences of subjects involved in intimate economies, oscillating between personal empowerment and agency, as well as the required subjection to the demands of the current market regime, entailing participation in precarious employment, often involving bodily risk, economic exploitation and stigmatization. The contributions demonstrate the interrelatedness of market intimacy, family economies, and transnational care arrangements, and thereby challenge Western notions of the subject and the free market.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Intimate Economies - Discontents and DebatesPart I: Commodifying Affects, Emotions and Selves 1 The "Authentic Cybertariat"? Commodifying Feeling, Accents and Cultural Identities in the Global South 2 Regulating Sexy Subjects: The Case of Brazilian Fashion Retail and its Affective Workforce 3 Emotional Labor and Ethical Practice: Professionalism Among Sex Workers in Tijuana Part II: Sexualized Bodies on the Market 4 A Feast of Men: Sexuality, Kinship and Predation in the Practices of Female Prostitution in Downtown Porto Alegre 5 Neoliberalism, Oil Wealth and Migrant Sex Work in the Chadian City of N'Djamena 6 The Use of "life-enabling" Practices Among waria: Vulnerability, Subsistence and Identity in Contemporary Yogyakarta Part III: Global Reproductive Commerce 7 Gestational Labors: Care Politics and Surrogates' Struggle 8 Surrogate Mothers and Gay Fathers: Navigating the Commercial Surrogacy Arrangement in India9 Families on the Market Front

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"Intimate Economies offers a rich analysis of the embodied experiences of affective, emotional and reproductive labor. Insightful and provocative, this compelling collection shuns polarized thinking and takes an unflinching look at the marketization of bodies and relationships in an unequal world. An important book for a much-needed debate about the politics, economics and complexities of intimacy today." (Emma Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University, London) "Intimate Economies radically re-orients the analysis of commercial intimacy by re-focusing attention on the experiences of those engaged in a variety of markets in intimate practices and forms of embodied trade. Bringing together meticulously researched, empirically grounded and theoretically innovative analyses of the complex affective modalities inherent in retail, service and sex work, as well as surrogacy, this is a bold, ground-breaking, and timely collection." (Silvia Posocco, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)

About the Author

Susanne Hofmann is currently guest professor at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabruck. Her research explores training schemes on human trafficking prevention in Brazil and Mexico. Adi Moreno is a research fellow at the Haifa Feminist Institute. Her research interests involve family practices, assisted reproduction markets and non-normative forms of parenting in the Israeli LGBT community.

EAN: 9781137560353
ISBN: 1137560355
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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