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Author Ralston, Meredith L.

Title Reluctant bedfellows : feminism, activism and prostitution in the Philippines / Meredith Ralston and Edna Keeble.

Published Sterling, VA : Kumarian Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  363.440820959 RALS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-213) and index.
Contents You've got to do something -- The problem of analysis paralysis -- Philosophical issues of prostitution -- Explanations for prostitution in the Philippines -- Sex tourism in Angeles City -- Making a difference -- No conclusions, just "continued somethings."
Summary "Reluctant Bedfellows outlines key facets of the authors' five year development project on sex tourism and prostitution in the Philippines, and is a powerful reflection on the raging debates taking place among feminists about the Third World. Ralston and Keeble follow the history of prostitution in former military outpost Angeles City, the women and foreign men who live by the trade and the varied organizations attempting to deal with prostitution. Making a strong call for action, the authors encounter resistance and anger from Western feminists who claim any action by Westerners in developing countries is necessarily neo-colonial and ethnocentric." "Academic feminist theorizing and identity politics, the two argue, has reached the level of "analysis paralysis" where women and women's groups do not act for fear of being pejoratively labeled. This has many negative consequences for rights-seeking groups, as Ralston and Keeble experience firsthand in working to bring Angeles City and Canadian women's organizations together. Both an eye-opening picture of the workings of a community seeped in sex tourism and a sharp review of current feminist theorizing, Reluctant Bedfellows offers much-needed perspective on ways to bring disputing parties together and actually promote change."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Keeble, Edna.
Subject Social work with prostitutes -- Philippines -- Angeles.
Women in community development -- Philippines -- Angeles.
Prostitution -- Philippines -- Angeles.
Feminism -- Philippines -- Angeles.
ISBN 9781565492691 (paperback: alk. paper)
1565492692 (paperback: alk. paper)