Globalization has been traditionally interpreted as a phenomenon that takes place at the macro level and is determined by states and markets. This volume takes a different approach to understanding globalization, showing how through the global sex trade, globalization is embodied and enacted by individuals.
Elina Penttinen illustrates how the global sex industry feeds on complex global flows. Drawing on extensive fieldwork on the trafficking of Russian and Baltic female sex workers, she demonstrates how the embodiment and reiteration of globalization on the bodies of gendered individuals are tied to the larger processes of globalization. Appadurai’s framework of landscapes of globalization is developed into a framework of shadow sexscapes in order to show how the global sex industry feeds on complex global flows and in turn operates as a form of shadow globalization.
Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking will be of interest to students and researchers of international relations, globalization and gender studies.
1. Introduction: Silent Point of Globalization 2. Bio-power and Subjectivation in the Globalized World-economy of Sex 3. Sexscapes of Globalization: Constructions of Subject and Abject Positions in Landscapes of Globalization 4. Narratives of Embodied Globalization of Russian Prostitutes Working in the Erotic Clubs in Helsinki: Reflections on One Night in Helsinki from the Position of a Whore, a Client and a Researcher 5. Sounds of Silence in Lapland: Narratives of Trafficking in Women across Finnish-Russian and Norwegian Borders 6. 'The Land of Perverts': Domain of Subjectivity from the Position of an Abject to the Global Village: Narratives of Foreign Erotic Dancers in Finland 7. Conclusions: Narratives of Corporeal Politics