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ZONA NORTE: The Post-Structural Body of Erotic Dancers and Sex Workers in Tijuana, San Diego and Los Angeles: An Auto/ethnography of Desire and Addiction [Hardcover]

by Michael Hemmingson
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November 11, 2008 1443800104 978-1443800105 new
Zona Norte: The Post-Structural Body of Erotic Dancers and Sex Workers in Tijuana, San Diego and Los Angeles: An Auto/ethnography of Desire and Addiction started out as an ethnographic study of prostitution on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border and, as cultural anthropologist Michael Hemmingson explains, turned inward as a study of the self, or what is referred to as âauto/ethnography❠in todayâs lexicon of qualitative research. The author studies himself within the culture of the Other â- he examines his feelings, memories, and reactions as he conducts his participant observations and interviews in the field, questioning why he chose to research erotic and exotic dancers, strippers, hookers, and various sex workers on both sides of an international border, revealing how the subjects are alike, and how they are different, and how they survive in their worlds. Auto/ethnography is one of the fastest growing and popular sub-fields in sociology, anthropology, and communications today. Books and anthologies are widely published, special journal issues appear each year on the subject, and there are an increasing number of dissertations in all fields of qualitative research cropping up from universities in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. Zona Norte is the latest contribution to this vibrant new approach to living the ethnographic life, as both a scholar and autobiographer.


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About the Author

Michael Hemmingson is an independent scholar whose fieldwork in anthropology and communications centers on deviance in society and the edges of cultural exploration. His collection, Auto/ethnographies: Sex, Death, and Symbolic Interaction is published by The Borgo Press. Other academic books include Gordon Lish and His Influence on 20th Century Literature (Routledge) and Women in the Work and Life of Raymond Carver (McFarland). His articles and essays have appeared in Life Writing, Forum: Social Science Research, Journal of Sex Research, ZYZZYVA, and the San Diego Reader. He has published several novels and edited four anthologies, and his feature film, The Watermelon, was produced by LightSong Films in 2008. He lives in southern California.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; new edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443800104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443800105
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and disturbing August 28, 2010
Format:Hardcover
When you first start reading this book, it's easy to get bogged down by the author's introduction in which he explains enthnoanthropology. You might be excused if you think that the author just wanted to go to Tijuana and get some strip club/hooker action. However, once he gets into the interviews with the sex workers, you are as sucked in as you read about the lives of these sex workers. Some give the regular spiel but others are honest about their world. Ultimately this book gives a stark picture of humanity at its worst and most desperate.

Definitely worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zona Norte is dark in account and risky May 24, 2011
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As a sociology student I was surprised to what extent that Michael Hemmingson put his life on the line for the sake of research. There are some minor editing flaws I picked up at times. Zona Norte takes you into the world of sex workers and exotic female dancers within Tijuana, and Southern California. The book starts off academic in nature(and you think this is going to be a long read), but Hemmingson quickly moves along and shares details from his point of view. Since, this is referred to as an auto/ethnographic study the reader is exposed to Hemmingson's motivations for doing research within this realm. I have a fascination with the dark underworld of the sex industry. Hemmingson's work has provided some food towards my appetite within the safety of my imagination.
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