CART

(0) items

Lydia's Open Door : Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel

by
Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780520255364

ISBN10:
0520255364
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/14/2008
Publisher(s):
Univ of California Pr

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from eCampus.com can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 4/14/2008.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.

Summary

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, this book documents the modernization of the sex industry during the neoliberal era in the city of Tuxtla Gutieacute;rrez 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, which dispassionately locates prostitution in a political-economic context by treating it as work, shows how freedom and anxiety and the market and morality coexist in the business of sex. She provides both the view from above-of politicians, bureaucrats, city workers, campesinos, and an anthropologist interacting within the world of sexual commerce-and the view from below-of sex workers and their clients. But most valuably she conveys her analysis through vivid portraits of the lives of the sex workers themselves and shows that the women involved are neither victims nor heroines but something else: actors caught between agency and constraint.

Author Biography

Patty Kelly is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University

Table of Contents

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
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...