Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment

Intimate Economies

Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market

Editors: Hofmann, Susanne, Moreno, Adi (Eds.)

  • Situates embodied commerce and intimate labor within the geographic, temporal, and cultural context of the global economy
  • Draws on debates on "immaterial labor" to address the theoretical and moral questions of choice, consent and desire to participate in markets 
  • Presents the work of top anthropologists who engage in an analytical conversation about different kinds of physically intimate labor
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About this book

This book illustrates how intimate workers in different socio-cultural contexts negotiate the commercial uses of their sexuality, identity, affect, and bodies, thereby often defying inequality, impoverishment,  and resource depletion in their regions. The studies shed light on the multi-faceted experiences of subjects involved in intimate economies, oscillating between personal empowerment and agency, as well as the required subjection to the demands of the current market regime, entailing participation in precarious employment, often involving bodily risk, economic exploitation and stigmatization. The contributions demonstrate the interrelatedness of market intimacy, family economies, and transnational care arrangements, and thereby challenge Western notions of the subject and the free market.

About the authors

Susanne Hofmann is currently guest professor at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück. Her research explores training schemes on human trafficking prevention in Brazil and Mexico. 
Adi Moreno is a research fellow at the Haifa Feminist Institute. Her research interests involve family practices, assisted reproduction markets and non-normative forms of parenting in the Israeli LGBT community. 

Reviews

Intimate Economies offers a rich analysis of the embodied experiences of affective, emotional and reproductive labor. Insightful and provocative, this compelling collection shuns polarized thinking and takes an unflinching look at the marketization of bodies and relationships in an unequal world. An important book for a much-needed debate about the politics, economics and complexities of intimacy today.” (Emma Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University, London)

Intimate Economies radically re-orients the analysis of commercial intimacy by re-focusing attention on the experiences of those engaged in a variety of markets in intimate practices and forms of embodied trade. Bringing together meticulously researched, empirically grounded and theoretically innovative analyses of the complex affective modalities inherent in retail, service and sex work, as well as surrogacy, this is a bold, ground-breaking, and timely collection.” (Silvia Posocco, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Global Intimate Economies: Discontents and Debates

    Hofmann, Susanne (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

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  • The “Authentic Cybertariat”? Commodifying Feeling, Accents, and Cultural Identities in the Global South

    Rajan-Rankin, Sweta

    Pages 33-56

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  • Regulating Sexy Subjects: The Case of Brazilian Fashion Retail and Its Affective Workforce

    Wasser, Nicolas

    Pages 57-78

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  • Emotional Labor and Ethical Practice: Professionalism Among Sex Workers in Tijuana

    Hofmann, Susanne

    Pages 79-108

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  • A Feast of Men: Sexuality, Kinship and Predation in the Practices of Female Prostitution in Downtown Porto Alegre

    Olivar, José Miguel Nieto

    Pages 111-134

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eBook 71,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56036-0
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56035-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intimate Economies
Book Subtitle
Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market
Editors
  • Susanne Hofmann
  • Adi Moreno
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56036-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56036-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56035-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 276
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