ANTH 3240: Lecture 10
Unit III: Colonial Legacies
2. Colonial Legacies
-sexual acts and identities have been impacted by discourses and
values developed during the colonial era‟
Concubines, massai , etc.
-the centrality of racial difference in colonial discourses
- are the links between sexuality and race developed during
colonialism present in contemporary societies?
Class and race and sexuality linked in colonial encounters.
Language used to describe Mumbai = primitive ; taming nature – out of
3. Orientalism (Edward Said)
Product of the western imagination; when we hear the orient talked about, what we‟re seeing is
the set of ideas that correspond with European views of locations. Western representation about
power and colonial dominance over colonies.
-Orientalism is a discourse by which European culture was able
to imagine and manage a geographic space labeled „the Orient‟,
and the people living within that space
Examples of “orient” : google search common content = asian; common themes : nature
(flower trees, delicate floral) also (bodies in nature, and highly stylized nature depictions)
standard cultural symbols as seen by the Europeans, women presented in sexualized way (like a
Contrast to western society: nature vs. technology extrapolations of European standpoint of
4. Sex Tourism
-What is tourism? Traveling to a place other than your home, to another destination
typically far from home to sight see, learn about other cultures, adventures,
-What is sex tourism?
travel in search of sex. “Primary purpose of sex by tourist with the resident.” Specific
experiences, as opposed to just having sex here doesn‟t take into account the motivations of
sex tourism. Transaction is strictly for pleasure for the tourist and economic exchange for local.
-Anthropological research demonstrates that sex tourism is
intricately connected to geo-political relations between wealthy
1 and under-privileged countries in the global economy, and that
these relations are the legacy of colonialism: Explain
-Why is sexual tourism tolerated by local governments?
5. Oconnell-Davidson Article