Bourbon Street, B-Drinking, and the Sexual Economy of Tourism - The Anthropology of Tourism: Heritage, Mobility, and Society (Hardback)Angela R. Demovic (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 230 x 159 x 19 mm
This brave and detailed book focuses on the real experiences of working in the sexual economy of Bourbon Street. Demovic's study of B-girls breaches the rarely discussed movement of sexual entertainers across the spectrum of sexual labor, uncovering the diversity of identities of sex workers. This fluidity of practices defies clear divisions, and Demovic deconstructs the historical creation of one such legal type, the B-girl. Her long-term research reveals the sisterhood that develops within our industries, despite potential for horizontal hostility. Her investigation humanizes and destigmatizes sex workers who are central to the image of New Orleans' Bourbon Street. -- Carol Leigh, Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network
This book is unique among scholarship on sexual economies, as long-term social research on the lives of sex workers rarely occurs. Bridging tourism studies, anthropology, and feminist jurisprudence, Demovic incorporates various sources, such as local news, legal documents, court cases, surveys, and ethnographic observations and interviews to offer a "thick description" of this sexual economy in the Gulf South. Ultimately, Demovic explores how B-drinkers cater to the tourist's desire to have interactive experiences with people who represent the intangible heritage of Bourbon Street, and how the B-girls use this form of eroticized labor as an advancement strategy to meet their financial needs and aspirations. -- Erica Lorraine Williams, Spelman College
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