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'A valuable contribution to the literature because it brings together a disparate body of research into one volume under a single theoretical context It is a positive step toward the development of a more critical perspective on the construction of sex tourism.' - Vincent J. Del Casino Jr, California State University for Cultural Geographies

'Sex Tourism is to be hugely welcomed as an addition to the tourism sociology literature ... an excellent study, which is scholarly, yet accessible, and will undoubtedly become essential reading for researchers.' - International Journal of Tourism Research

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Sex tourism! For most people these two words conjure up an image of red light districts in places like Amsterdam and Bangkok, or seedy images of men in raincoats boarding buses for massage parlours away from home. Sex Tourism, however, argues that these images are only part of a wider social context. Tourists are socially condoned, feted, temporary people, free from the normal restraints of work and family. The sex worker is historically a socially condemned person, who challenges the norms of society.

Sex Tourism examines the issues that emerge from sex worker -- client interactions and from tourists visiting 'sex destinations'. It is a comprehensive summary of past research complemented by original primary and secondary research by the authors and has examples from Asia, Australasia and the USA. It looks at male and female roles as sex workers and sex tourists and discusses the implications for a sense of identity, for both hetero-and homosexuals. It examines the emergence of tourism products and destinations based on sexuality, such as the major gay events in Sydney and San Francisco. It refers to issues such as child prostitution, sex slavery and mail order brides -- situations wherein, arguably, senses of positive self-identity are denied.

The authors have generated new models to show different dimensions of sex tourism. These normalise at least some components of the sex industry and represent a new way of looking at sex tourism. They may challenge the preconceived perceptions that some people have of sex tourism, or confirm the impression of others. Sex Tourism looks at issues of importance to those working in tourism, women's studies, gender studies and social change. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415195098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415195096
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,006,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book in attempt to gain some understanding as to the driving forces behind a decision by a male friend (almost 70 years old) to become intimately involved with a 23-year old in Cuba. The book did provide some answers to my quest for understanding.
The book starts off with an overview of how modern tourism has developed, going back to the Industrial Revolution, and then goes on to explain how the development of sex tourism followed (development of emerging economies with a lack of facilities for family vacations, with sex tourism being the ultimate result; the commodification of sex tourism; the erotic messages in tourism advertising; and 19th century literature that led Western consumers to believe that women in exotic destinations were living by different standards when it came to having sex). In addition, while I have been trying to understand sex tourism from the consumer's perspective, the book also highlights the perspective of the sex workers.
Some things that the authors point out about the consumer: i) a consumer normally risks no chance of the rejection that he/she might experience in a "normal" relationship; ii) a consumer has a tendency to live in a state of denial, actually negating what he/she is doing and/or even the fact of doing it; iii) a consumer does not normally share his/her sex tourism experience with persons whom he/she cares about; and iv) a male consumer may brag about his experience to his male friends, and/or may participate in the sex tourism experience as part of male bonding.
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By Zbigniew on September 10, 2014
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Excellent publication on sex tourism. Very ample and useful position.
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