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Lydia's Open Door : Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel - Patty Kelly

Lydia's Open Door

Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2008
ISBN: 9780520255364
Number Of Pages: 270

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In this groundbreaking ethnographic study, Patty Kelly examines the lives of the women who work in the Zona Galactica, a state-run brothel in Chiapas's capital city. By delving into lives that would otherwise go unremarked, Kelly documents the modernization of the sex industry during the neoliberal era in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez and illustrates how state-regulated sex became part of a broader effort by government officials to bring modernity to Chiapas, one of Mexico's poorest and most conflicted states. Kelly's innovative approach locates prostitution in a political-economic context by treating it as work. Most valuably, she conveys her analysis through vivid portraits of the lives of the sex workers themselves and shows how the women involved are neither victims nor heroines.

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"Effective and insightful." -- Melissa Ditmore Spread Magazine

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Map of Chiapasp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Modern Sex in a Modern Cityp. 32
Hidden in Plain Sight: Street Prostitutionp. 53
Inside the Galactic Zone: Regulating Sex, Regulating Womenp. 76
Convergence: Panistas, Prostitutes, and Peasantsp. 102
"It Began Innocently": Women of the Ambientep. 121
Sellers and Buyersp. 151
The Secrets We Keep: Sex, Work, Stigmap. 183
Final Thoughts: Understanding, Imaginingp. 204
Epiloguep. 214
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780520255364
ISBN-10: 0520255364
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 2nd April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.16  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4