Crossing borders: prostitution and immigration

This work presents a reflection about the identity tensions experienced by Brazilian women who migrated to Spain to practice prostitution from a critical perspective on Eurocentric and colonial logics. Such prospects, since the emergence of national states, have brought the invention of other, naturalizing unequal relations of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality. We will see how Brazilian immigrants and prostitutes live heterodesignations as the other focusing on possible questions to social hierarchies from their status as immigrants and prostitutes in Europe. For this, we will review the crisis that the European national states have experienced and which as a consequence has been worsening xenophobic and racist practices. We also present the analysis of interviews conducted with Brazilian immigrant prostitutes in Madrid, Spain.

Prostitution; Immigration; Identity; Feminism


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