Mumbai Harper Lecture: Dealing in Desire: Intimacy and Economic Transactions

7:30–9:30 pm
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 1/136, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai

Nov.
17

As Vietnam finds its place on the global stage, physical intimacy has become a vital form of currency in its economic relations. To write her book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, sociologist Kimberly Kay Hoang worked as a bartender and hostess for five years in Ho Chi Minh City. The result is an ethnographic study of the stratified sex industry, taking an in-depth and often personal look at sex workers and their clients. Examining the industry from a regional and ultimately international perspective, Hoang will discuss her book and the interconnections of high finance, charitable giving to sex workers, and the intimate spheres of the informal economy.