All over the world, men as well as women exchange sex for money and other forms of reward, sometimes with other men and sometimes with women. In contrast to female prostitution, however, relatively little is known about male sex work, leaving questions unanswered about the individuals involved: their identities and self-understandings, the practices concerned, and the contexts in which they take place.
This book updates the ground-breaking 1998 volume of the same name with an entirely new selection of chapters exploring health, social, political, economic and human rights issues in relation to men who sell sex. Looking at Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Asia-Pacific, each chapter explores questions such as:
- What is known about the different ways in which men exchange sex for money or other forms of reward?
- What are the major contexts in which sexual exchange takes place?
- What meanings do such practices carry for the different partners involved?
- What are the health and other implications of contemporary forms of male sex work?
Men Who Sell Sex seeks to push the boundaries both of current personal and social understandings and the practices to which these give rise. It is an important reference work for academics and researchers interested in sex work and men’s health including those working in public health, sociology, social work, anthropology, human geography and development studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dennis Altman 1. Introduction: Male Sex Work: Current Characteristics and Recent Transformations Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker 2. Lifestyle, Work or Easy Money? Male Sex Work in the Netherlands Today Marieke Ridder-Wiskerke and Peter Aggleton 3. Surfing Liquid Modernity: Albanian and Romanian Male Sex Workers in Europe Nicola Mai 4. Sex Work at a Crossroads: Men who Sell Sex to Men in Macedonia Dan Allman and Borche Bozhinov 5. 'Straight' Rent Boys and Gays who Sell Sex in Istanbul Cenk Özbay 6. Economies of Masculinity: Male Sex Work in Urban Brazil Gregory Mitchell 7. Between the Casa and the Calle: Dominican Male Sex Workers Serving a Tourist Clientele Mark B. Padilla 8. Men who Sell Sex in Peru: Evolving Technology and Sexual Cultures Carlos F. Cáceres, Angela M. Bayer, Ada Gomero, Pippa M. Grenfell and Ximena Salazar 9. Sexual-Economic Transactions Among Men who Have Sex with Men in Africa Tsitsi B. Masvawure and Theo Sandfort 10. 'Cape Town is Free': Reflections on Male Sex Work in Cape Town, South Africa Marlise Richter and Gordon Isaacs 11. Sexual Life Histories of Male Sex Workers in South India: Emotional, Erotic, and Economic Dimensions Robert Lorway, Sushena Reza-Paul, Akram Pasha and Shamshad Khan 12. Male Sex Work in Urban Pakistan: Experiences from Lahore and Karachi Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden and Qasim Iqbal 13. 'Moving On Up': Making Sense of Male Sex Work in Thailand Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden 14. Male Escorts in Australia John Scott, Victor Minichiello and Joni Meenagh 15. Positive Marginality and Stigma Resistance Among Gay and Bisexual Male Escorts in the USA Juline A. Koken, David S. Bimbi and Jeffrey T. Parsons 16. The Cash Nexus: Money, Worth and Price for Men who Sell Sex to Men in the UK Allan Tyler 17. His Story: The Commodification of Men's Same-Sex Sexuality in Canada Dan Allman 18. Male Sex Work in China Tong Ge, Zhen Li and Peter Aggleton
Peter Aggleton is Professor in Education and Health in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia. He holds visiting professorial positions at the Institute of Education, University of London and at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the editor-in-chief of three international peer reviewed journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality (published by Routledge) Health Education Journal (published by Sage) and Sex Education (published by Routledge).
Richard Parker is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Health at Columbia University, where he is also a member of the Committee on Global Thought. He is the editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Global Public Health, and a Founding Editor of the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality. His recent publications include the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights (co-edited with Peter Aggleton and published by Routledge in 2010) and Structural Approaches in Public Health (co-edited with Marni Sommer and published by Routledge in 2013).