The price of passion: performances of consumption and desire in the Philippine go-go bar

dc.contributor.advisorFoley, Douglas E.en
dc.creatorRatliff, Eric Alanen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:37:57Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:37:57Zen
dc.date.issued2003en
dc.description.abstractThe emergence of a global, (post)modern ‘consumer culture’ has resulted in an increasing commodification of people and their relationships, destabilizing many ‘traditional’ ideas and practices concerning sexual intimacy. This is especially evident in those encounters between foreign men and local women that arise in Philippine go-go bars, where an assortment of sexual arrangements – from prostitution to marriage – are negotiated according to the variable desires of the participants. Analyzing the activities within this space from a dramaturgical standpoint, I show how women and men adopt particular social / sexual identities and ‘scripts’ to achieve their personal aspirations through the manipulation of others, creating myriad gendered discourses and performances to express their diverse sexual, socioeconomic and political longings. Through the production and consumption of individual narratives and (re)presentations, actors in this liminal setting can satisfy their desires for personal autonomy and ‘success’ insofar as they embody desired ‘lifestyles’ through the active incorporation of goods, images and services. Moreover, in the enactment of these alternative biographies and practices, people also challenge the prevailing socioerotic discourses by modifying the symbolic meanings of sexual relations in line with notions of consumer sovereignty and personal agency within a liberal, late-capitalist framework.
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb57198470en
dc.identifier.oclc56908036en
dc.identifier.proqst3116141en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/880en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshSex-oriented businesses--Philippinesen
dc.subject.lcshSex role--Philippinesen
dc.subject.lcshHotels--Philippinesen
dc.titleThe price of passion: performances of consumption and desire in the Philippine go-go baren
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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