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Economies of (Alleged) Deviance: Sex Work and the Sport Mega Event.

De Lisio, A., Hubbard, P. and Silk, M., 2019. Economies of (Alleged) Deviance: Sex Work and the Sport Mega Event. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16 (2), 179-189.

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DOI: 10.1007/s13178-018-0319-z


Based on ethnographic data collected during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thisarticle is interested to examine urban processes which reinvent the changing (sexual) landscape. Focusing on the way (host) citiesshape sex work both imaginatively and physically, we explore the (lived) realities of neoliberal imaginaries that shape urbanspace. Often thought to exist in the urban shadow as an absent-presence in cosmopolitan processes, we demonstrate the manner inwhich sexualized and racialized women creatively resist the political and economic trajectories of neoliberal urbanism that seek toexpropriate land and dispossess certain bodies. In the context of Rio de Janeiro—as in other host cities—this is particularlyevident in the routine encounter between sexual minorities and local law enforcement. Mindful of the literature on state incursioninto social-sexual life, we remain attentive to the everyday strategies through which those deemed sexually deviant and/or victimnavigate local authorities in search of new opportunities for economic salvation in the midst of the sport mega-event.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sport mega-event; Securitization; Sexscape; Informal economies
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:30316
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Feb 2018 16:53
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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