Sex and Political Economy

in Global Sex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226016061
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016047 | DOI:
Sex and Political Economy

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This chapter discusses sexuality in the context of larger socioeconomic factors, which create the conditions within which sexual acts and identities occur. These factors include the economic, the cultural, and the political. It might at times be appropriate to add a fourth category, the epistemological, as particular ways of understanding human beings and the worlds they make are diffused globally. Sexual mores and values have constantly changed as societies have come in contact with outside influences and new technologies. While the emphasis in the present context is on more recent and sometimes dramatic change, these are often best understood as a continuation of a very long historical process which involves centuries of trade, slavery, colonization, and large-scale shifts in the nature of economic and technological structures.

Keywords: globalization; political economy; sexual mores; new technologies; social change; slavery; colonization

Chapter.  7365 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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