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Cosmopolitan Sex WorkersWomen and Migration in a Global City$
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Christine B.N. Chin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890910.001.0001

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Kaleidoscope of City, Creativity, and Cosmopolitanism

Kaleidoscope of City, Creativity, and Cosmopolitanism

(p.3) Chapter 1 Kaleidoscope of City, Creativity, and Cosmopolitanism
Cosmopolitan Sex Workers

Christine B. N. Chin

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the phenomenon of non-trafficked migrant women sex workers in major cities of the world, and poses the central question, ‘In what ways and with what consequences do contemporary economic restructuring processes encourage and facilitate women’s transnational migration for sex work?’ A detailed discussion of the ‘3C’ framework of city (global or world cities and GATs), creativity (of states, migrant women, and facilitating groups) and cosmopolitanism (nature of encounters in contact zones of global cities) is presented to organize the analysis. The case of migrant women who travel to and from Kuala Lumpur for sex work is offered to contextualize each of the dimensions. The chapter concludes by discussing the conduct of gendered global ethnography, particularly the researcher’s simultaneous identity as ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’.

Keywords:   Migrant women, GATS, State management of migration, Creativity, Cosmopolitan, Global ethnography, Insider-outsider distinction, Kuala Lumpur, Contact zone, Sex work

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