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Intimate Economies

Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market

  • Susanne Hofmann
  • Adi Moreno

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Commodifying Affects, Emotions and Selves

  3. Sexualized Bodies on the Market

  4. Global Reproductive Commerce

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-276

About this book


This book illustrates how intimate workers in different socio-cultural contexts negotiate the commercial uses of their sexuality, identity, affect, and bodies, thereby often defying inequality, impoverishment,  and resource depletion in their regions. The studies shed light on the multi-faceted experiences of subjects involved in intimate economies, oscillating between personal empowerment and agency, as well as the required subjection to the demands of the current market regime, entailing participation in precarious employment, often involving bodily risk, economic exploitation and stigmatization. The contributions demonstrate the interrelatedness of market intimacy, family economies, and transnational care arrangements, and thereby challenge Western notions of the subject and the free market.


emotion psychology affective labor sex work commodification bodies anthropology assisted reproduction technologies surrogacy LGBT parenting

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Hofmann
    • 1
  • Adi Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday LivesManchesterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Susanne Hofmann is currently guest professor at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück. Her research explores training schemes on human trafficking prevention in Brazil and Mexico. 

Adi Moreno is a research fellow at the Haifa Feminist Institute. Her research interests involve family practices, assisted reproduction markets and non-normative forms of parenting in the Israeli LGBT community. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intimate Economies
  • Book Subtitle Bodies, Emotions, and Sexualities on the Global Market
  • Editors Susanne Hofmann
    Adi Moreno
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56035-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71955-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56036-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 276
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of the Body
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


Intimate Economies offers a rich analysis of the embodied experiences of affective, emotional and reproductive labor. Insightful and provocative, this compelling collection shuns polarized thinking and takes an unflinching look at the marketization of bodies and relationships in an unequal world. An important book for a much-needed debate about the politics, economics and complexities of intimacy today.” (Emma Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University, London)

Intimate Economies radically re-orients the analysis of commercial intimacy by re-focusing attention on the experiences of those engaged in a variety of markets in intimate practices and forms of embodied trade. Bringing together meticulously researched, empirically grounded and theoretically innovative analyses of the complex affective modalities inherent in retail, service and sex work, as well as surrogacy, this is a bold, ground-breaking, and timely collection.” (Silvia Posocco, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)