Survival Sex and Hiv/aids In an African City

Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa and Peter Aggleton

in Framing the Sexual Subject

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520218369
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922754 | DOI:
Survival Sex and Hiv/aids In an African City

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This chapter discusses the political economy of sexual oppression. It maps the diverse social and cultural spaces of female and male sex work, and studies the intersecting structures of economic marginalization, racism, sexism, and heterosexism that shape the possibilities for risk reduction on the part of sex workers in Durban, South Africa. It notes that sex work and sex workers have been often treated as no more than vectors of infection and danger. This chapter focuses on the ways various forms of sex work in different parts of Durban slowly take shape as part of a broader range of survival strategies by poor and marginalized men and women.

Keywords: political economy; sexual oppression; sex work; economic marginalization; racism; sexism; heterosexism; sex workers; survival sex; survival strategies

Chapter.  10401 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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