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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: 296

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"This exceptional book makes several key contributions to the field and shows how freedom and anxiety, and the market and morality, tensely coexist in the business of sex. . . . Kelly's analysis is conveyed through vivid portraits of the lives of sex workers, showing that the women involved are neither victims nor heroines but something else: actors caught between agency and constraint."--Roger N. Lancaster, author of The Trouble with Nature

"In this tour de force of feminist anthropology, Patty Kelly gives her heart to the remarkable women who toil in the bawdy sweatshops of the Zona Galactica, a 'reformed' red-light district in the Chiapas capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez. In fact, as Kelly shows, it is just the ultimate low-wage industrial district."--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians

"The clarity of Kelly's perspective is neither apologetic, nor presumptive (as is usually the case); her focus is always on the political context of these women's lives. Patty Kelly writes like a poet and novelist, so much so that this work begs to be a movie."--Carol Leigh, a.k.a. "Scarlot Harlot," author of Unrepentant Whore

"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: 296
Published: 2nd April 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.4