Sex, Love, and Migration: Postsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic (Paperback)Alexia Bloch (author)
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Sex, Love, and Migration goes beyond a common narrative of women's exploitation as a feature of migration in the early twenty-first century, a story that features young women from poor countries who cross borders to work in low paid and often intimate labor. Alexia Bloch argues that the mobility of women is marked not only by risks but also by personal and social transformation as migration fundamentally reshapes women's emotional worlds and aspirations.
Bloch documents how, as women have crossed borders between the former Soviet Union and Turkey since the early 1990s, they have forged new forms of intimacy in their households in Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, but also in Istanbul, where they often work for years on end. Sex, Love, and Migration takes as its subject the lives of post-Soviet migrant women employed in three distinct spheres-sex work, the garment trade, and domestic work. Bloch challenges us to decouple images of women on the move from simple assumptions about danger, victimization, and trafficking. She redirects our attention to the aspirations and lives of women who, despite myriad impediments, move between global capitalist centers and their home communities.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
"Sex, Love, and Migration offers essential insight on a widely observed but rarely studied form of mass migrant labor between Turkey and the densely populated Russian Federation. Gender and affect are at the foundation of this finely tuned analysis, and the ethnographic voice is eminently human."-- Bruce Grant, author of The Captive and the Gift
"This book is an absolute pleasure to read. Alexia Bloch offers a terrific ethnographic treatment of the interrelated aspects of mobility, intimacy, gender, and capitalism-all of which are central to globalization and identity change."-- Douglas W. Blum, author of National Identity and Globalization
"Sex, Love, and Migration is accessible yet provides depth and a complex picture of the economic, symbolic, social and moral shifts that accompany transnational migration."-- Jennifer Suchland, author of Economies of Violence