Journal article

Are you being served? Sex, humour and globalisation in the cook Islands

K Alexeyeff

Anthropological Forum | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2008

Abstract

This paper examines how popular jokes about White women and their sexuality are utilised by Cook Islanders to negotiate relationships with outsiders, particularly Western tourists. These jokes serve to unsettle tourist images of erotic paradise populated with welcoming island women and, further, offer a humorous commentary on the inequities of global capitalism.

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