Ethnography and Prostitution in Peru

Ethnography and Prostitution in Peru

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In this study of prostitution, Lorraine Nencel interrogates the ways in which sexuality, gender and illicit behaviour have been constructed (and deconstructed) over the years.

This is a richly detailed ethnographic account that interweaves narrative with theory. Nencel deals with issues such as AIDS, machismo and the regulation of the sex trade. She analyses the question of whether sex workers are victims or agents of control. In challenging conventional approaches to the study of sex workers and prostitution, Nencel has produced an original and provocative new study that is likely to provoke further discussion and debate.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 23.11mm | 489.88g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074531662X
  • 9780745316628

Table of contents


Introduction: Zooming In On The Locality

Scene One

Scene Two

The Conceptual Plot

Women Who Prostitute In Lima, A Nine Part Story

Part One: Engendered Enclosures

1: A Historical Narrative Of Prostitution

The Making Of The History Of Prostitution

The Call For Regulation (1858-1909)

The State Of Affairs And The Need To Regulate

The Regulation Takes Root (1910-1930's)

Abolition And Social Change:

The Other Solution To The Prostitution Problem

Jiron Huatica- Abolition Or Regulation:

The Campaign Of The Magazine !Ya!(1949)

Patterns Of Repetitivity And Gender Meanings

2: Read All About It:

Gender Meanings And The Written Press

A Discursive Explosion: `The Tormented Passion Between The Magnate And The Courtesan'

(Mis)Representations Of Prostitution And The Prostitutie In The Written Media

The Counter Discourse: Feminism And Sexual Slavery

Fixed Images With No Way Out

3: Prostitution And The Construction Of Men's Sexual Selves

From The Theoretical Lookout Point

The Interviews: The Public Presentation Of The Sexual Self

Talking Sexuality

Labelling Women

Going To The Prostitutes

The Prostitute As Sexual Versus The Social Actor

Constructing Sexual Selves

Part Two: Day And Night

4: Writing Up The Rhythm Of Fieldwork: An Introduction To Part Two.

The Rythm Of Fieldwork

Epistemological And Ethical Dissonancde

An Ethnography Of Fieldwork

5: Shaping Identities In First Encounters

Getting To Know The Women At Clara's

Crafting Everydayness

Shaping Identities

6: Between The Stove And The Kitchen Table

Everyday Dynamics Of Everyday Relationships

El Paquetazo

Condom Talks

A Few Words Dedicated To The Subject Of Sexuality

The Funeral

Inventing A Moment Of Closure

7: The Fusion Of Truths Into Illusions:The Night Life And Street Prostitution

El Ambiente


Love And Relationships Under The Moonlight

8: Between The Four Walls: Embodying

And Enacting The Prostitute

The Crazy Horse: Another Gendered Enclosure

Mapping Out Profiles

Performing The Prostitute

An Epilogue

9: Gender Enclosures And Gendered Identities

A Brief Recapitulation In A Theoretical Mode

Gendered Enclosures And Gender Meanings

Gender Identities: Self-Representations And Subjectivity

The Production Of Fixed Illusions And The Postponement Of Change

Notes And References


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'A very lively study. Very engaging, bound to find a market both within and outside anthropology, not least among feminist scholars' -- Thomas Hylland Eriksen 'Excellent' -- The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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About Lorraine Nencel

Lorraine Nencel is a researcher at the Amsterdam Research Institute for Global Issues and Development Studies and is a member of the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology.
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