Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in by Gregory Mitchell

By Gregory Mitchell

While a lot recognition has been paid in recent times to heterosexual prostitution and intercourse tourism in Brazil, homosexual intercourse tourism has been virtually thoroughly missed. In Tourist Attractions, Gregory C. Mitchell provides a pioneering ethnography that makes a speciality of the non-public lives and identities of male intercourse staff who occupy various roles in Brazil’s sexual economy.

Mitchell takes us into the tub homes of Rio de Janeiro, the place lease boys cruise for consumers, and to the shores of Salvador da Bahia, the place African American homosexual males search out hustlers whereas exploring cultural history vacationer websites. His ethnography stretches into the Amazon, the place indigenous fantasies are tinged with the erotic at eco-resorts, and into the houses of “kept men,” who forge long term, long-distance, transnational relationships that blur the bounds of what counts as advertisement intercourse. Mitchell asks how travelers understand intercourse staff’ performances of Brazilianness, race, and masculinity, and, in flip, how those teams of fellows make experience of differing versions of racial and sexual identification throughout cultural limitations. He proposes that during order to higher know how humans event distinction sexually, we reframe prostitution—which Marxist feminists have lengthy conceptualized as sexual labor—as additionally being a sort of performative hard work. Tourist Attractions is a phenomenal ethnography poised to make an indelible impression within the fields of anthropology, gender, and sexuality, and learn on prostitution and tourism.

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