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Selling Sex in Kenya: Gendered Agency Under Neoliberalism


12 Nov Selling sex in kenya event

A talk by Eglė Česnulytė on her book 'Selling sex in Kenya: gendered agency'

About this Event

As Kenyan women traditionally have fewer formal employment opportunities, often occupying lower-paid jobs in the informal sector, the experiences of women who earn money in unorthodox ways can offer revealing insights into the agency of women and its limits. Grounded in the narratives and life stories of women selling sex in Kenya, Eglė Česnulytė reveals the range of gendered and gendering effects that neoliberal policies have on everyday socio-political realities. By contextualising and historicising contemporary debates in the field, she explores the societal structures that neo-liberal narratives and reforms influence, their gendered effects, and the extent to which individuals must internalise neoliberal economic logics in order to make or improve their living.

Egle Cesnulyte is Lecturer in Politics and International Development in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol and Deputy Director of the Gender Research Centre at the University of Bristol. Her research has been published in journals including Development and Change, Review of African Political Economy and New Political Economy.

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