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Selling Sex in Kenya

Selling Sex in Kenya
Gendered Agency under Neoliberalism

  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494052

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  • As Kenyan women traditionally have fewer formal employment opportunities, often occupying lower-paid jobs in the informal sector, the experiences of women who earn money in unorthodox ways can offer revealing insights into the agency of women and its limits. Grounded in the narratives and life stories of women selling sex in Kenya, Eglė Česnulytė reveals the range of gendered and gendering effects that neoliberal policies have on everyday socio-political realities. By contextualising and historicising contemporary debates in the field, this important interdisciplinary study explores the societal structures that neo-liberal narratives and reforms influence, their gendered effects, and the extent to which individuals must internalise neoliberal economic logics in order to make or improve their living. In so doing, Česnulytė counters the prevailing male-dominated studies in political science to place women, and female-based narratives at the forefront.

    • Uses primary accounts from women selling sex in Kenya as a starting point to think not only about gender in Kenya, but about gender in global neoliberal structures.
    • Counters prevailing male-dominated studies in political science to place women, and female-based narratives at the forefront
    • Will appeal primarily to scholars of international development, feminist political economy and sociology with further implications for policy makers studying the impact of sex work, prostitution and human trafficking
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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494052
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Neo-liberal transformations and gender in Kenya
    3. Gendered livelihoods and 'bargaining with patriarchy'
    4. Selling sex in Mombasa
    5. Dreams and strategies of women selling sex
    6. A Vicious circle: work-related dangers and obstacles for exiting sex work
    7. Connecting global and local: Kenyan state, NGOs and sex worker movement
    8. Conclusions: Gendered limits of agency in a neo-liberal world

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    Eglė Česnulytė, University of Bristol
    Eglė Česnulytė is Lecturer in Politics and International Development in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol and Deputy Director of the Gender Research Centre at the University of Bristol. Her research has been published in journals including Development and Change, Review of African Political Economy and New Political Economy.

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