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Global Sex$
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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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Sex and Political Economy

Sex and Political Economy

(p.34) Three Sex and Political Economy
Global Sex
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses sexuality in the context of larger socioeconomic factors, which create the conditions within which sexual acts and identities occur. These factors include the economic, the cultural, and the political. It might at times be appropriate to add a fourth category, the epistemological, as particular ways of understanding human beings and the worlds they make are diffused globally. Sexual mores and values have constantly changed as societies have come in contact with outside influences and new technologies. While the emphasis in the present context is on more recent and sometimes dramatic change, these are often best understood as a continuation of a very long historical process which involves centuries of trade, slavery, colonization, and large-scale shifts in the nature of economic and technological structures.

Keywords:   globalization, political economy, sexual mores, new technologies, social change, slavery, colonization

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