Erica Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College,will discuss her new book Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex Tourism in Bahia, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Spelman College, Laura Spelman Multipurpose Room. The book examines how sexism, racism, and socio-economic inequality interact in the Brazilian sex industry.
Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex Tourism in Bahia draws upon 18 months of ethnographic field research by Dr. Williams. As part of her research, she conducted interviews with a broad range of individuals (tourists, tour guides, sex workers and NGO representatives) in Bahia, Brazil, between June 2005 and August 2008. Through analysis of the interviews, Dr. Williams maps out diverse and, at times, conflicting understandings of sex tourism.
Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex Tourism in Bahia advances an intersectional, transnational, Black feminist approach to sex tourism that is deeply influenced by feminist anthropology, queer studies, and activist anthropology. It offers ethnographic material to help make sense of how race, affect, and cultural production play out in the context of transnational tourism. Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex Tourism in Bahia is the winner of the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
Following the lecture, there will be a book signing.
The event is free and open to the public.