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Sex Tourism in Africa

Kenya's Booming Industry, 1st Edition

By Wanjohi Kibicho


248 pages

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Illustrated by in-depth empirical research from Kenya - one of the most popular country destinations in Africa for sex tourism - this book gathers much-needed statistics and data, and then critically examines the features of tourism and the sex trade, contextualizing this in relation to tourism development. It addresses the conditions which generate this 'social problem' and, while not taking a potentially problematic moralistic stance it questions whether this trade is exploitative in nature, particularly in cases of child sex tourism. It then critically evaluates the current policies in place to regulate the sex tourism industry and provides suggestions for future direction.


'Wanjohi Kibicho has written an informed text on Kenya's sex tourism, and has given a voice to various stakeholders, commercial sex workers (male and female), clients of both sexes, and those who have to enforce laws that are seen by many as ensconced in nineteenth century norms of "respectability". The result is a book that will appeal to both policy makers and researchers.' Chris Ryan, University of Waikato, New Zealand 'Sex Tourism in Africa is a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the intersection of tourism and sexuality. The macro-perspective approach offers new insights into the dynamics of how policy and agency are impacted by socioeconomic and political factors. This book will be essential reading for students and professionals who are seeking a thorough, non-moralistic case study with the potential for wider theoretical and practical application.' Suzanne LaFont, The City University of New York, USA

About the Author

Wanjohi Kibicho is a lecturer in the Department of Tourism, Moi University, Kenya

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography