Globalization, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

Corporeal Politics

By Elina Penttinen

© 2007 – Routledge

168 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Elina Penttinen is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) at the University of Tampere, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization