“I Have to Feel Something”: Gringo Love in the Sexual Economy of Tourism in Natal, Brazil

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan
  • The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, May 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12243

Sex tourism in Brazil

What is it about?

The article is based on ethnographic research conducted in the city of Natal, Brazil. It examines the shifting, racialized political economy of love in the context of transnational, heterosexual sex tourism. The main argument made is that love operated as an emotionally recognizable cultural script both enabling local women to remake themselves as upwardly mobile subjects while also disrupting existing hierarchies and inequalities.

Why is it important?

It works to expands our understanding of emotional labour in the context of sex tourism.


Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan
Carleton University

This article has emerged from my concern to write against the common idea of women in sex tourism as naively looking for love with foreign men, and takes seriously women's own articulations of their self-making projects amidst complex local and global unequal relations of power.

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