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Putting Ecstasy to Work: Pleasure, Prostitution, and Inequality in the Indonesian Borderlands
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2010 (English)In: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, ISSN 1070-289X, E-ISSN 1547-3384, Vol. 17, no 03-feb, 280-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes the drug Ecstasy as a commodity located at the center rather than at the margins of social processes, a technology that allows for the temporary engagement with pleasure and displacement of inequality in the context of nightlife and prostitution. It addresses these issues by focusing ethnographic attention on how Indonesian female prostitutes and their Singaporean male clients use Ecstasy in a disco on the Indonesian island of Batam, an export-processing zone located at the border to Singapore. By paying close attention to consumption practices, the article uses Ecstasy as a starting point for illuminating intersections of social mobility and inequality in the context of contemporary forms of transnational capitalism.

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2010. Vol. 17, no 03-feb, 280-303 p.
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Drugs, globalization, prostitution, Indonesia, Singapore
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-48994DOI: 10.1080/10702891003733500ISI: 000277753300010OAI: diva2:376213

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