Buying and selling power: Anthropological reflections on prostitution in Spain

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Abstract

Buying and Selling Power examines the implications of the complex identities of clients and prostitutes to their lives beyond prostitution. Drawing on the authors extensive fieldwork in urban Spain as well as the work of queer theorists, Angie Hart explores the connections between these identities of clients and prostitutes and those of other sexual minorities such as lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Buying and Selling Power examines the implications of the complex identities of clients and prostitutes to their lives beyond prostitution. Drawing on the authors extensive fieldwork in urban Spain as well as the work of queer theorists, Angie Hart explores the connections between these identities of clients and prostitutes and those of other sexual minorities such as lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals.In exploring the power relationships among clients and prostitutes, Hart consistently emphasizes the role of male clients in heterosexual prostitution. Although she acknowledges the reality of gendered inequalities, she argues that client-prostitute relationships are more complex than many authors have previously suggestedthat, in this setting, clients are not invariably oppressive nor are prostitutes necessarily helpless victims.Written in an autobiographical style, Buying and Selling Power reflects on the relationship between the anthropologist and that of his or her subject and informants. In particular, Hart explores the manner in which dominant identities (those of anthropologists and their informants) are constructed and the ways in which these dominant identities have marginalized other alternative identities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoulder, Colorado
PublisherHarper Collins
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)0813332842
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 1997

Publication series

NameStudies in Ethnographic Imagination

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