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The State of Sex : Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland - Barbara G. Brents

The State of Sex

Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland

Paperback Published: 1st March 2008
ISBN: 9780415929486
Number Of Pages: 302

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The State of Sex is a study of Nevadaa (TM)s brothels that situates the nation's only legal brothel industry in the political economy of contemporary tourism. Nevada is part of the "new American heartland," as its pastimes, people, and politics have become more central to the nation. The rise of a service and leisure economy over the past sixty years has propelled sexuality into the heart of contemporary markets. Yet, neoliberal laws in the United States promote business but limit sexual commerce.
How have Nevada's legal brothels survived, while the rest of the country criminalizes prostitution? How do brothels operate? Who works in them? This book brings social theory on globalizing economies, politics, leisure consumption, and emotional labor in interactive service work together with research on contemporary prostitution and sexual commerce. The authors employ an innovative, multi-method sociological approach, combining historical analysis of how the brothels came to be with over a decade's worth of ethnographic research on the current state of the industry.

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"This book brings together rich empirical data that builds new sociological theory to help explain the state of commercial sex in the global leisure consumer society. The voices of sex workers from the Nevada brothels make this book an essential for anyone reading about or studying the sex industries."--Teela Sanders, University of Leeds, UK "This book is a strong contribution to sociology and our understanding of sex work and the sex industry. The authors' extensive fieldwork captures an intricate snapshot of the Nevada legal brothel industry!undergraduate students along and the sex worker community will benefit from this book."--Carly Chillmon, University of California, Santa Barbara

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction The Matt of Setp. 1
Mapping the Terrain of Nevada' a Brothelsp. 4
Nevada's Brothel Lawsp. 8
Situating Prostitution Context Malteitp. 10
Researching the Brothelsp. 11
The Brothel Industry Uncoveredp. 17
Contexts of Sexual Commercep. 20
The Growth of the Leisure Economyp. 20
The State of Commercial Sex in Late Capitalismp. 34
Conclusionp. 40
The Making of Nevada Prostitutionp. 42
Prostitution in Industrial Societiesp. 43
Wild West Businesses and Mining Culture: The Leisure Economy in Nevada, 1900 to 1940p. 45
Gaming, Girls, and Sun: The Resort Industry and the Institutionalization of Legal Brothels, 1940 to 2000p. 64
Conclusionp. 88
The Business of Selling Sexp. 90
Rural Places, Modern Businessesp. 90
Running the Show: Brothel Ownershipp. 94
Marketing Legal Sexp. 96
How Sex is Soldp. 117
Management and Workplace Relationsp. 131
Conclusionp. 149
Paths to Brothel Workp. 152
Coming from the Service Industryp. 157
Coming from Illegal Prostitutionp. 162
Sexual Women in Sexual Careersp. 166
Cash-in-Hand: Managing Financesp. 169
Mobility in Brothel Workp. 173
Conclusionp. 175
Brothel Labor: Making Fantasies at Workp. 178
Doing Sex: Labor Strategiesp. 180
Body Practicesp. 182
Caring Practicesp. 190
Holistic Practicesp. 193
Being a "Prostitute"p. 199
Conclusionp. 219
Conclusion: Learning from Nevadap. 222
The State of Sexp. 224
The Social Relations of Sexual Commercep. 226
Nevada's Legal Brothels as a Model?p. 230
Nevada Brothel Guidep. 237
Nevada County Brothel Laws and Income (2007)p. 240
Sex Workers Interviewedp. 242
Notesp. 244
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 292
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ISBN: 9780415929486
ISBN-10: 0415929482
Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 1st March 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43