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Sex and Tourism
Journeys of Romance, Love, and Lust

ISBN 9780789012036
Published May 14, 2003 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Explore the complex relationship between tourism and intimacy in this new book with a worldwide perspective!

With a unique combination of academic and personal accounts, Sex and Tourism: Journeys of Romance, Love, and Lust takes you behind the scenes with motel owners, adventure travel guides, backpackers, and others working on all sides of the international tourism industry. The editors have created a model that views the situation from three different perspectives: tourist, tourism provider, and nature of the encounter. Unlike other related volumes, this book is not just about the sex trade, but also about the role of tourism in love, marriage, and relationships.

The global focus of Sex and Tourism will introduce you to:

  • off-season romance on the island of Crete
  • sex tourism in Cambodia
  • a South Korean museum dedicated to women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military
  • the sexual aspects of adventure travel in Canada
  • cross-cultural marriage in Thailand
  • gentleman's clubs in New Orleans
  • Australian river guides and their potential liaisons with clients
People who travel to escape their day-to-day lives often become involved in situations they would never find themselves in at home. Good or bad, many of these situations are examined in Sex and Tourism. You'll learn about the illegal trafficking of girls in Nepal, worldwide programs for combating child sex rings, and the lethal combination of AIDS and tourism, but you'll also find accounts of love and romance far from home. You will see how the tourism industry can act as a facilitator of human intimacy and what happens when different cultural realities collide.

Anyone involved in recreation, leisure, anthropology, social science, or tourism will be interested in this book. Sex and Tourism is an enlightening guide to the complex world found at the crossroads of sightseeing and sex.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Section I: The Setting
  • Chapter 1. Conceptual Framework of the Nexus Between Tourism, Romance, and Sex
  • Introduction
  • Relationships Between Sex and Tourism
  • The Centrality of Sex in the Tourism Experience
  • The Encounter
  • The Role of Tourism As Facilitator
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. On Holiday in the Liminoid Playground: Place, Time, and Self in Tourism
  • Introduction
  • Place and Placelessness
  • Sensing the Liminal/Liminoid
  • Conclusion: The Importance of the Process of Traveling
  • Section II: Romance on the Road
  • Chapter 3. Island Girl (Lina M. Wong)
  • Chapter 4. Romance, Retsina, and Reality in Crete
  • Introduction
  • Agia Galini, Crete
  • Our Hosts
  • Other Travelers
  • Travel and the Single Woman
  • Questions Raised and Some Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Transnational Marriage in Thailand: The Dynamics of Extreme Heterogamy
  • Introduction
  • Thai-Foreigner Intermarriage
  • Prostitution and Transnational Marriage
  • The Dynamics of Thai-Foreigner Marriages
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Section III: The Tourism Industry As Facilitator
  • Chapter 6. Sex Tourism: An Accommodation Provider's Perspective
  • Introduction
  • Motels and Sex Tourism
  • The “Hot Pillow” Trade
  • The Motel Operator's Perspective
  • Chapter 7. The Adventure in Adventure Travel
  • Introduction
  • Group Composition
  • Trip Phases
  • Chapter 8. Condoms in the First Aid Kit: River Guides, Clients, and Sex
  • Chapter 9. Attraction of the Naughty-Gentleman's Clubs As a Tourism Resource
  • Introduction
  • The Tradition of Stripping
  • Gentlemen's Clubs As Part of a Market's “Pull” Matrix
  • Structuring the Performative Space
  • Legal Action, Novelty, and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter
  • Conclusion
  • Section IV: The Dark Side
  • Chapter 10. Former Comfort Women As Touristic Objects in South Korea
  • Introduction
  • Tourism and Human Sexuality
  • Former Comfort Women and the History of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. The Dark Side of Tourism and Sexuality: Trafficking of Nepali Girls for Indian Brothels (Nina Rao)
  • Chapter 12. AIDS and Tourism: A Deadly Combination
  • Introduction
  • Tourism and HIV/AIDS
  • Trends in Vietnamese Tourism
  • Tourism and Prostitution
  • Perceptions of Commercial Sex Workers
  • Future Scenarios
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13. Sex Tourism: The Case of Cambodia
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • The Sex Industry: Supply and Demand
  • The Customers
  • Impacts of Sex Tourism on Cambodia
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 14. Ending Child Sex Tourism: A Vision for the Future
  • Introduction
  • Child Pornography and the Internet—The Globalization of Child Sex Tourism
  • Tourism—A Catalyst for Change
  • What Comes Next?
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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