Intimate Economies

Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market

  • Susanne Hofmann
  • Adi Moreno

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Commodifying Affects, Emotions and Selves

  3. Sexualized Bodies on the Market

  4. Global Reproductive Commerce

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-276

About this book


This book illustrates how intimate workers in different socio-cultural contexts negotiate the commercial uses of their sexuality, identity, affect, and bodies, thereby often defying inequality, impoverishment,  and resource depletion in their regions. The studies shed light on the multi-faceted experiences of subjects involved in intimate economies, oscillating between personal empowerment and agency, as well as the required subjection to the demands of the current market regime, entailing participation in precarious employment, often involving bodily risk, economic exploitation and stigmatization. The contributions demonstrate the interrelatedness of market intimacy, family economies, and transnational care arrangements, and thereby challenge Western notions of the subject and the free market.


emotion psychology affective labor sex work commodification bodies anthropology assisted reproduction technologies surrogacy LGBT parenting

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Hofmann
    • 1
  • Adi Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday LivesManchesterUnited Kingdom

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