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Caribbean Pleasure Industry : Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (Hardcover)

Author: Padilla, Mark

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In recent years, the economy of the Caribbean has become almost completely dependent on international tourism. And today one of the chief ways that foreign visitors there seek pleasure is through prostitution. While much has been written on the female sex workers who service these tourists, "Caribbean Pleasure Industry" shifts the focus onto the men. Drawing on his groundbreaking ethnographic research in the Dominican Republic, Mark Padilla discovers a complex world where the global political and economic impact of tourism has led to shifting sexual identities, growing economic pressures, and new challenges for HIV prevention. In fluid prose, Padilla analyzes men who have sex with male tourists, yet identify themselves as “ normal” heterosexual men and struggle to maintain this status within their relationships with wives and girlfriends. Padilla’ s exceptional ability to describe the experiences of these men will interest anthropologists, but his examination of bisexuality and tourism as much-neglected factors in the HIV/AIDS epidemic makes this book essential to anyone concerned with health and sexuality in the Caribbean or beyond.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226644356
SKU 204174636
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226644359
Release Date 6/11/2013
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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