Analysis of sexual tourism has generally concentrated on the subjugation of women as devalued objects of exchange shuffling between dominant and subordinate national universes. Basing our analysis on ethnographic fieldwork among tourists and prostitutes in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, we seek to demonstrate how women's ability to create and manipulate symbols enables the international movement of both Brazilian women and foreign men. This article recovers the agency of Brazilian women involved in tourism-related sex work, situating them as neither victims nor victimizers, but as active participants in the creation and management of both affective and commercial sexual relationships.
Blanchette, Thaddeus and Da Silva, Ana Paula
"Our Lady of Help: Sex, Tourism and Transnational Movements in Copacabana,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 8:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol8/iss1/7