Lydia's Open Door Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel

ISBN-10: 0520255364
ISBN-13: 9780520255364
Edition: 2008
Authors: Patty Kelly
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Description: In this groundbreaking ethnographic study, Patty Kelly examines the lives of the women who work in the Zona Galactica, a state-run brothel in Chiapas's capital city. By delving into lives that would otherwise go unremarked, Kelly documents the  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In this groundbreaking ethnographic study, Patty Kelly examines the lives of the women who work in the Zona Galactica, a state-run brothel in Chiapas's capital city. By delving into lives that would otherwise go unremarked, Kelly documents the modernization of the sex industry during the neoliberal era in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez and illustrates how state-regulated sex became part of a broader effort by government officials to bring modernity to Chiapas, one of Mexico's poorest and most conflicted states. Kelly's innovative approach locates prostitution in a political-economic context by treating it as work. Most valuably, she conveys her analysis through vivid portraits of the lives of the sex workers themselves and shows how the women involved are neither victims nor heroines.

Steven T. Katz  is Slater Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies and former Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. His many publications include  The Holocaust in Historical Context .Susan Dewey is Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and adjunct in International Studies at the University of Wyoming. Her books include Neon Wasteland: On Love, Motherhood, and Sex Work in a Rust Belt Town .Patty Kelly is Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is the author of Lydia’s Open Door: Inside Mexico’s Most Modern Brothel .

List of Illustrations
Preface
Map of Chiapas
Introduction
Modern Sex in a Modern City
Hidden in Plain Sight: Street Prostitution
Inside the Galactic Zone: Regulating Sex, Regulating Women
Convergence: Panistas, Prostitutes, and Peasants
"It Began Innocently": Women of the Ambiente
Sellers and Buyers
The Secrets We Keep: Sex, Work, Stigma
Final Thoughts: Understanding, Imagining
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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