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“Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia” shortlisted for the Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography!

Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia by Heidi Hoefinger has been shortlisted for BBC Radio Four's Thinking Allowed Ethnography of the Year Award!

Listen to the announcement here.

Find out more about the book here.

The Ethnography Award 'short list' was announced on Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio Four, in association with the British Sociological Association. The award is for studies that have made significant contributions to ethnography. Presented by Laurie Taylor and three judges, Thinking Allowed announced that Heidi Hoefinger's "Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia" has been shortlisted for the award.

Dealing with the complex and discomforting ‘grey ‘area where sex, love and money collide, this book highlights the general materiality of everyday sex that takes place in all relationships. In doing so, it draws attention to and destigmatizes the transactional elements within many ‘normative’ partnerships – be they transnational, inter-ethnic or otherwise.

Focusing on Cambodia, and on a subculture of young women employed in the tourist bar scene referred to as ‘professional girlfriends’, the book shows that the resulting transnational relationships between Cambodian women and their foreign partners are complex and multi-layered. It argues that the sex-for-cash prostitution framework is no longer an appropriate model of analysis. Instead, a new vocabulary of ‘professional girlfriends’ and ‘transactional sex’ is used, with which the nuanced complexities of these transnational partnerships are analyzed.

Find out more about the book here.

Listen to the show here.

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  1. Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia

    Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships

    By Heidi Hoefinger

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    Dealing with the complex and discomforting ‘grey ‘area where sex, love and money collide, this book highlights the general materiality of everyday sex that takes place in all relationships. In doing so, it draws attention to and destigmatizes the transactional elements within many ‘normative’...

    Published April 17th 2013 by Routledge