Prostitution and Colonial Relations

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Colonial encounters played a significant role in shaping policies and desires in both Europe’s colonies and in Europe itself, and thus they deserve their own thematic overview. I define colonial relations as ethnic or racial-based hierarchies and segregations which developed as a consequence of western imperial expansion. These were unequal power relations in which the colonizer had control over, or at least attempted to control, residential choices, mobility in public space and across borders, and who wedded and bedded with whom.I thus follow Ann Stoler’s contention that the very intimate domain of desire was shaped by these colonial interactions.1
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationSelling Sex in the City
Subtitle of host publicationA Global History of Prostitution, 1600s-2000s
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789004346246
StatePublished - 2017


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