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Solidarity and Defiant SpiritualityAfricana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence$
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Traci C. West

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479849031

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479849031.001.0001

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Precious Bodies

Precious Bodies

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(p.137) 4 Precious Bodies
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Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality
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Traci C. West

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479849031.003.0005

Conversations with NGO activists in this chapter demonstrate how racial dynamics in sex tourism and sex trafficking in Salvador Brazil can assist in defining the harm of gender-based violence and in revealing direct transnational connections to U.S. consumerist desire and antiviolence strategizing. West criticizes the ways in which Christian moral judgments about sinfulness and normative sexual expression calibrate whose gendered bodies among the economically marginal are seen as precious and whose are not, though resistance to Christian sexism is also highlighted in the ideas of one Christian anti-trafficking activist. In sum, the argument stresses that intercultural learning and activist resistance to sexual violence and exploitation necessitate an antiracist understanding of vulnerability as well as holistic engagement of mind, body, and spirit.

Keywords:   Salvador, Brazil, gender, Christianity, sex tourism, sex trafficking, consumerism, gender-based violence, antiviolence, anti-trafficking activism, gendered bodies

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