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Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785980

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785980.001.0001

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Outsourcing the American Dream

Outsourcing the American Dream

Transforming Men’s Virtual Fantasies into Social Realities

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(p.79) 3 Outsourcing the American Dream
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Love and Empire
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Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785980.003.0003

This chapter looks at men's chat-room exchanges alongside the emergence of a self-help culture and the formation of global masculinity wedded to U.S. expansion, free trade, and empire. It also draws from interviews with men at the Vacation Romance Tours. In line with website images and narratives, for U.S. men, Latin American women's bodies figure as pure bodies and superior genes that are highly valued within a capitalist culture that men describe as devoid of domestic care, affection, and intimacy. American men's access to foreign markets and bodies promises to patriotically rejuvenate not only their identities (across race, class, and regional differences) but also the national stock and to provide an alternative to lonely and alienating lifestyles. The ethnographic interviews and web narratives explored here offer some clues as to how personal fantasies naturalize the global marketplace as the moral and patriotic force that propels men abroad.

Keywords:   chat-room exchanges, self-help culture, global masculinity, U.S. expansion, free trade, Vacation Romance Tours, Latin American women, American men, domestic care, intimacy

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