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Social Visits and Special Passes: Carceral Spaces of Migrant Sexual Labour in Singapore   Sallie Yea     Introduction The relationship between sex and space has been a subject of increasing interest by geographers of late. In Singapore, the normative sexual spaces – officially or unofficially – include Geylang, Orchard Towers on Orchard Road, Desker […]

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  Is Joo Chiat’s ‘Little Vietnam of pho and sex’ a Thing of the Past?    Nicolas Lainez  Walking along Joo Chiat Road during the day, one is immediately struck by the co-existence of two contrasting worlds. Dotted along the quiet street are design studios, art galleries, fashion and home accessory retailers, vintage furniture shops, patisseries selling […]

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Public Morality in Sex Spaces   Vanessa Ho Introduction As a small country with limited natural resources, Singapore is heavily reliant on foreign direct investment, foreign talent and global trade. This is the narrative that we have come to be familiar with. Such reliance has made it necessary for the city-state to be seen as […]

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Imaginary Frontiers and Deferred Masculinity: Singapore Working Class Men in Batam[1]   Terence Chong   Introduction Dan lights his cigarette as he climbs to the upper deck of the ferry to Batam. It is a cathartic act that marks his departure from straight-laced Singapore into the imaginary frontier of the Riau islands. In less than […]

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Ethnographic Sex Work Research in Singapore: Who gets to speak?   Lu Huiyi   Introduction Perhaps one of the greatest draws of cultural ethnography is the thrill of venturing into fearful and taboo spaces. The red light districts of Geylang and the “Four Floors of Whores” at Orchard Towers have earned themselves a seedy reputation […]

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  Introduction By Terence Chong Sex spaces in global cities are transnational ones. In much the same way the service sector in the metropolis is laden with labourers and workers from the Third World, so too has Singapore experienced the globalisation of sex work. Global economic trends, geopolitical shifts and national insecurities have led to […]

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