Corpi globali addresses the recent phenomenon of the proliferation of sexual services on payment, from street-walking, more visible and "disturbing", to the secluded world of top escorts, and comprising the broad range of services offered through computer technologies. The practice of sexual relations on payment has become widespread, every year involving millions of clients belonging to all social classes. This appears to be a reflection of a broader cultural model that conveys an image of sexuality divorced from affection and sentiment, which can be bought and sold like any other commodity. Which dimensions structure and supply the offer of bodies on sale? What are the reasons that induce people to purchase depersonalised and commercialised sexual services? The authors analyse the prostitution market in Italy, focusing attention on the entities that compose it, from the independent prostitutes to those who are subjected to exploitation and the criminals involved in the traffic. Reflecting on the link between demand and supply, the book offers an updated picture of the most significant changes that have taken place in the "world" of prostitution over the last decade.
University of Turin, Italy
Stefano Becucci lectures on the sociology of deviance and the sociology of migration in the Department of Social Studies of the University of Florence. His most recent publications include studies on criminal phenomena, on the social movements and on migratory processes in Italy. Among his published works we would mention Globalizzazione e criminalità (with Monica Massari, Laterza 2003), Criminalità multietnica. I mercati illegali in Italia (Laterza 2006).
Eleonora Garosi is a research assistant at the University of Turin. Her interests range over the traffic in human beings, international migrations and social movements, and she has published a number of articles in collective volumes, including Migranti nel mondo globale, edited by Giovanna Campani (Sinnos, 2007) and Italia Alterglobal. Movimento, culture e spazi di vita di altre globalizzazioni, edited by Antimo L. Farro (FrancoAngeli, 2006).