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- DescriptionCosmopolitan Sex Workers is a groundbreaking work that examines the phemen of n-trafficked women who migrate from one global city to ather to perform paid sexual labor in Southeast Asia. Christine Chin offers an invative theoretical framework that she terms 3C (city, creativity and cosmopolitanism) in order to show how factors at the local, state, transnational and individual levels work together to shape women's ability to migrate to perform sex work. Chin's book will show that as neoliberal ecomic restructuring processes create pathways connecting major cities throughout the world, competition and collaboration between cities creates new avenues for the movement of people, services and goods (the city portion of the argument). Loosely organized networks of migrant labor grow in tandem with professional-managerial classes, and sex workers migrate to different parts of cities, depending on the location of the clientele to which they cater. But while global cities create ecomic opportunities for migrants (and survive on the labor they provide), states also react to the presence of migrants with new forms of securitization and surveillance. Migrants therefore need to negotiate between appropriating and subverting the ideas that inform global ecomic restructuring to maintain agency (the creativity ). Chin suggests that migration allows women to develop intercultural skills that help them to make these negotiations (the cosmopolitanism ). Chin's book stands apart from other literature on migrant sex labor t only in that she focuses on n-trafficked women, but also in that she demonstrates the co-dependence between global ecomic processes, sex work, and women's ecomic agency. Through original ethgraphic research with sex workers in Kuala Lumpur, she shows that migrant sex work can provide women with the means of earning income for families, for education, and even for their own businesses. It also allows women the means to travel the world - a form of cosmopolitanism from below.
- Author BiographyChristine B.N. Chin is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University.
- Author(s)Christine B. N. Chin
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication02/05/2013
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleOxford Studies in Gender and International Relations
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Notefive tables, two illustrations
- Weight484 g
- Width163 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine23 mm
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