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The arrival of white women: Tourism and the reshaping of beach boys’ masculinity in Zanzibar

Abstract : Mass tourism in Zanzibar has been accompanied by a virulent denunciation of the dress, bodily, and sexual practices of white women, who have been accused of perverting the local culture. More specifically, they have been held responsible for the emasculation and feminization of Zanzibar’s male youth engaging in compensated intimate relations with them. In this article I argue that sexual relations between white women and Zanzibari men show the capacity of young Zanzibaris to recompose the balance between the two traditional axes in the construction of masculinity, namely economic power and sexual performance. While the economic power of Zanzibari men has suffered from capitalist globalization, sexual potency and expertise, as well as competition between men for access to women’s bodies have become key aspects of affirming masculinity.
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Altaïr Despres. The arrival of white women: Tourism and the reshaping of beach boys’ masculinity in Zanzibar. Ethnography, SAGE Publications, 2021, pp.146613812110025. ⟨10.1177/14661381211002548⟩. ⟨halshs-03346001⟩

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