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Gender performances as spatial acts: (fe)male Thai migrant sex workers in Denmark

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The objective of this article is to investigate how Thai migrant sex workers in Denmark understand normative heterosexuality and femininity/masculinity as they are reproduced in the Danish sex industry. To do so I analyse the ways that gender plays a part in sex work and the ways in which sex work plays a significant role in how Thai migrant sex workers understand their gendered subject positions in the spaces away from their sex work. Whether Thai migrant sex workers become intelligible gendered subjects depends on different spaces. Based on two case stories I focus on the space of domesticity, the space of sexual consumption and the quasi-public space of leisure.
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Keywords: espacio; gender; género; heterosexualidad; heterosexuality; migración; migration; sex work; space; trabajo sexual

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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