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Mobile OrientationsAn Intimate Autoethnography of Migration, Sex Work, and Humanitarian Borders$
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Nicola Mai

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226584959

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226585147.001.0001

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Selling Comidas Rapidas in Seville

Selling Comidas Rapidas in Seville

(p.53) Three Selling Comidas Rapidas in Seville
Mobile Orientations

Nicola Mai

University of Chicago Press

Chapters 3 and 4 explore the engagement of young male migrants, including minors, in multiple and itinerant forms of mobility. Their priorities and needs, as well as their understandings of their own agency, are compared with those informing sexual-humanitarian interventions. Not all decisions to migrate and to work in the sex industry are equally agencing: migratory projects and experiences are often characterized by loss, marginalization, and exploitation. Chapter 3 focuses on “errant” mobilities that are characterized by migrants’ experiences of loss in relation to their mobile orientations, which is grounded in the investment of their migration projects with the existential salience of a ritual of passage. Drawing on the experiences of young migrants selling sex in Seville, the author argues that the ability to master the late modern fluidification of sex-gendered selfrepresentations distinguishes mobile orientations characterized by agency from those marked by the loss of a sense of direction. The author discusses the invisibilization of migrant minors and young people selling sex in Seville by referring to the stylistic choices he adopted throughout the making of Comidas Rapidas, a short documentary about the tearoom trade at Seville’s main bus station.

Keywords:   male sex work, ritual of passage, migration, errant mobility, agency, vulnerability, Spain, Morocco, masculinity

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