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Description - Sex, Tourism and the Postcolonial Encounter by Jessica Jacobs

Illustrated by revealing interviews with women and men in the tourist resorts in the Sinai, Egypt, this book is ostensibly about western women who sleep with 'native' men while on holiday. Broadening the scope of issues involved, it examines the link between these holiday romances and a much wider romanticism of place and people - of the landscapes of paradise, deserts and the lure of the Bedouin sheikh - that are used to sell these destinations. It argues that the romantic stereotyping and deliberate positioning of 'Third World' resorts as places that somehow exist outside of the modernities the women come from is inextricably bound up in the relationships. Similarly, for the local man the tourist resort is perceived as a place other than his own cultural space and time and represents a modernity that is otherwise only found in the 'West'. The relationships that ensue can therefore only occur because the tourist resort acts as an intermediate space. In analyzing the interaction of these men and women within the context of modernity, the book provides insights into gender issues to do with globalization, travel and sexuality, as well as opening up the debate on sex tourism and showing this to be a lot more ambiguous and complicated than it might at first appear.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754647881
ISBN-10: 0754647889
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 154
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jessica Jacobs

Jessica Jacobs, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

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