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Abstracts, Journal issues, NORMA 8.1

Homosociality in the sexscapes of Sortavala, Russia

Elina Ihamäki

The (historical) countryside town of Sortavala, Russia is located within close proximity to the Finnish border. The town has become a tourist destination for a number of Finnish tourists since the relaxation of these international borders regulations in the 1990s. During the past years, Finnish male tourists have been the most visible partakers of Sortavala’s commercial sexscapes. This article explores how homosociality is constructed and maintained in the sexscapes of Sortavala among Finnish men as a way to legitimaze sex tourism and the sexualisation of Russian-speaking women.

NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies 8(1), 26-41.

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