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Les économies de la prostitution. Sociologie critique du tourisme sexuel en Thaïlande

Abstract : Based upon field work conducted in Patpong – a neighborhood in Bangkok dedicated to tourist-prostitution – I put forth a critical sociology of “sex tourism” that, through the combination of an ethnographic and historical survey, attempts to typify the plurality of the economies that run through prostitutional exchanges. More than just money, prostitution involves material, moral, emotional and symbolic goods that are traded and circulate according to specific rationales. This ethnographic study, by revealing the diversity of exchanges between Thai citizens and international tourists, prevents simplifying unions to a mere univocal relationship of domination. On the contrary, exchanges in tourist-prostitution appear as the product of complex power relations that are embedded in a particular context. These different economies can only be understood when taking into account a plurality of upward scales (local, national and global). Therefore, this ethnographic approach is complemented by a moral genealogy of sex tourism that provides a historical background on the process that enabled the construction, definition and dissemination of this new proscription. By combining the practical reality of relationships with their historical definitions, the analysis of sex tourism is a way to rethink the globalization of sexual issues and their political impacts.
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Sébastien Roux. Les économies de la prostitution. Sociologie critique du tourisme sexuel en Thaïlande. Sociologie. EHESS, 2009. Français. ⟨NNT : 2009EHES0010⟩. ⟨tel-01563850⟩



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