Skip to Content

CJS Thursday Noon Lecture Series | Stigma and the Moral Economy of Tokyo's Sex Industry

Gabriele Koch, Assistant Professor, Division of Social Sciences, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Thursday, December 6, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
Contemporary Japan is home to one of the world’s largest and most diversified markets for heteronormative sex. This talk asks how adult Japanese women working in Tokyo’s legal sex industry manage a problem central to their work: it is both uniquely lucrative and stigmatizing, simultaneously opening up possibility at the same time that it is unmentionable. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, in this talk I explore how the sexual economy is always also a moral economy shaped by ideologies of whom or what women’s labor should be for.

Gabriele Koch is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale-NUS College. Her research examines how globalizing rights discourses intersect with longstanding histories of gender, labor, and care in urban Japan. She is currently completing a book manuscript, entitled, Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Workers and the Gender of the Economy.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies, Women's Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

International Institute Programming

The International Institute’s centers sponsor numerous conferences, lectures, exhibits, and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to educate the university community and the public about global issues and inspire discussion and dialogue. 

Sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter.