Gender performance as spatial acts: (Fe)male Thai migrant sex workers in Denmark

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Abstract

Synthesising Butler's theory with space, the objective of this paper is to investigate how Thai migrant sex workers in Denmark understand normative heterosexuality and femininity/masculinity as these are reproduced in the sex industry in two different settings. I analyse the ways that gender plays a part in sex work. Likewise, the paper analyses the ways in which sex work plays a significant part in how the Thai migrant sex workers understand their gendered subject positions in the spaces away from their sex work. The analysis of the Thai migrant sex workers becoming intelligible or non-intelligible gendered subjects depends on different spaces. In this paper I focus on the space of domesticity, the space of sexual consumption and the quasi-public space of leisure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
ISSN0966-369X
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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