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Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica

Megan Rivers-Moore


This book is about the meanings that are made through the purchase, sale, and regulation of sexual services in the tourism district of a Latin American city. It explores how various kinds of mobility operate in the sex industry by looking at three key spheres that define sex tourism: the experiences of sex workers, sex tourists, and the state. The story of sex tourism in San José could be told relatively easily as the exploitation of poor Costa Rican women by privileged North American men in a position to take advantage of the geopolitical inequalities that make Latin American women into suppl ... More

Keywords: sex work, Latin America, social mobility, tourism, Costa Rica, neoliberalism, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226373386
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226373553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Rivers-Moore, author
Carleton University