290 Speaker: The Moral Body: Transnational Pimping and Body Economies in Eastern Romania

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 14:00

Trine Mygind Korsby received her PhD degree from Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen in 2015. Her research is based on ethnographic fieldwork with pimps and sex workers in Romania and Italy, and she has researched the themes of sex work, pimping, transnational crime, human trafficking and the figure of the perpetrator since 2007. Her research deals with anthropology of the body, skill, desire, love, morality, criminal livelihoods and notions of work and labor in a post-socialist con­text. She is currently a postdoc at Stanford University, researching other kinds of crime that her Romanian informants engage in besides their pimping business, such as credit card fraud, scams and theft.

Based on fieldwork in Eastern Romania with pimps who travel abroad to other EU-countries with their pimping business, the talk offers insights into the moral economy of people orchestrating and carrying out transnational crime. How do the people categorized as perpetrators-as well as their families and the local community-morally evaluate and experience theirpractices, and how do they relate to notions of good and bad?

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