Tourism in transnational places: Dominican sex workers and German sex tourists imagine one another

Authors
Citation
D. Brennan, Tourism in transnational places: Dominican sex workers and German sex tourists imagine one another, IDENTITIES, 7(4), 2001, pp. 621-663
Citations number
62
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
7
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
621 - 663
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(200101)7:4<621:TITPDS>2.0.ZU;2-0
Abstract
This paper considers how Dominican sex workers and German sex tourists imag ine each other across national borders. They meet in a transnational space, Sosua, a tourist town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Sex to urism has redirected mig-ration patterns within the Dominican Republic to S osua, as well as off the island by building new transnational connections t o Germany. I examine why Dominican women migrate to Sosua's sex trade, how they see German men, and what happens when they actually establish ongoing relationships with them-both in Sosua and in Germany. I also look at how Ge rman men find out about Sosua, its sex trade, and Dominican women. I focus on forms of communication through which they find out about one another, co mmunication that ranges from word of mouth to newspapers, magazines, and th e Internet (in the case of the men only). In Sosua we see the relationship among capitalism's disruptive, restructuring activities; powerful images, f antasies, and desires (produced both locally and globally) that are inextri cably tied up with race and gender; the emergence of young, poor, black, si ngle mothers who are willing to engage in the sex trade; and a strong deman d for these women's services on the part of white, working-class, lower-mid dle, and middle-class, foreign male tourists.