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The Tunnel ONLINE

“The Tunnel” is finally available to read, download and share online.

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Alice in the tunnel

I finally came up with an outline for the book that I can kick around and hopefully script.AliceInWonderland
After I read it out loud to David he said that it reminded him of Alice In Wonderland. I had picked up the book a few months ago but never managed to finish it. Guess its high time I read it now. David also came up with the title for the story “The Tunnel”. I like it.

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Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
by Laura Maria Agustin (see her blog)

From Amazon


“Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.” — Lisa Adkins, Goldsmiths, University of London

“In restoring those living on the fringes of western societies to their full humanity, this invigorating book undermines our stereotypes and provides a challenging but unforgettable picture.” — Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University

“Sex at the Margins elegantly demonstrates that what happens to poor immigrant working women from the Global South when they ‘leave home for sex’ is neither a tragedy nor the panacea of finding the promised land. Above all, Agustín shows that the moralizing bent of most government and NGO programs have little to do with these women’s experiences and wishes. This book questions some of our most cherished modern assumptions, and shows that a different ethics of concern is possible.” — Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina

Product Description

This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label “trafficked” does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the “rescue industry” disempowers them. Based on extensive research among migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustín, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry. Although they are treated like a marginalized group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.

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I guess it’s fair to say that Shuan Tan‘s silent picture book “The Arrival” is probably the main source of inspiration behind the graphic novelette I’m working on.
With a timeless story and breathtaking imagery, this is a book everyone should own.
It truly is a master piece.

The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

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