SEX TOURISM - AN UGLY FACE OF GLOBALIZATIOn

Published date01 June 2012
DOI10.1177/0973598412110006
Date01 June 2012
Subject MatterArticle
SEx
TouRISM-
AN
UGLY
FAcE
OF
GLOBALIZATION
AMBA&IKA
MuKHERJEE
M.Phit
student, Depm·tment
of
International Relntion.s
Jadnvpur University, Kolkata
e.
mail: ambalika.m@gmail.com
G
lobalization
is
a
slippery
and
elusive
concept.
Despite
in-
tensifying
interest
in
the
phenomenon
of
globalization
since
the
1980s
the
term
is
still
used
to
refer,
variously,
to
a
process,
a policy, a
marketing
strategy,
a
predicament
or
even
an
ideol-
ogy.
The
problem
with
globalization
is
that
it
is
not
an
'it'
as
a
'them':
it
is
not
a
single
process
but
a
complex
of
processes,
sometimes
overlapping
and
interlocking
processes
but
also
at
times
conh·adictory
and
oppositional
ones.
To
reduce
global-
ization
to a
single
theme
is
difficult;
however
the
best
attempt
was
made
by
Kenichi
Ohrnae,
who
talked
about
the
idea
of
a
.
borderless
world.
This
not
only
refers
to
the
tendency
of
tradi-
:
tional
political,
borders
based
on
National
and
State
boundaries,
to
become
permeable
but
also
implies
that
the
division
b
etween
people
previously
separated
by
time
and
space
have
become
less
significant.
As
Scholte
remarked
instead,
globalization
is
linked
to
the
growth
of
'supraterritorial'
relations
between
people,
a
reconfiguration
of
social
space
in
which
territory
matters
less
because
an
increasing
range
of
connections
have
a'transworld'
or
'
transborder'
character.
For
instance
huge
source
of
electronic
money
now
surge
around
the
world
at
the
flick of a
computer
switch
,
ensuring
that
currency
and
other
financial
markets
rea
ct
almost
immediately
at
economic
events
anywhere
in
the
world.
Similarly
cable
and
satellite
technology
allows
telephone
mes-
sages
and
television
programmes
to
be
transmitted
around
the
wo~ld
almost
instantaneously.
There
had
bee~
many
debates
linked
to
globalization,
the
most
important
among
which
is t
hat
the
nation-state's
capacity
to
organise
economic
and
political
life
is
declining;
on
the
other
hand
the
supranat
ion
al
bodies
are
try
i
ng
to
enforc
their
will

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