Incitements to desire: Sexual cultures and modernizing projects
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 225–230, May 2004
How to Cite
Babb, F. E. (2004), Incitements to desire: Sexual cultures and modernizing projects. American Ethnologist, 31: 225–230. doi: 10.1525/ae.2004.31.2.225
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
This review essay considers recent work on sexuality and modernity, broadly conceived. Examining two studies from China and two from parts of Latin America, I suggest that fruitful research and writing is focusing on regions that are undergoing economic transitions marked by growing private sectors and market reform as a consequence of globalization. In these areas one finds both economic and sexual “opening up” to change, with diverse cultural and political implications at the local and the national levels.