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Female prostitution in Costa Rica; historical perspectives, 1880-1930.


Female prostitution in Costa Rica; historical perspectives, 1880-1930.

Hayes, Anne.



227 pages



Latin American studies


Hayes compares economic development, demographic patterns and liberal state policies toward prostitution in Costa Rica's capital and port in order to provide an example of a differential regional development that challenges the more commonly accepted white settler image of national development. Through a detailed analysis of the physical, economic, demographic, social and political evolution of the region, she is able to conclude that a free labor system has been a feature of all regions of Costa Rica since the nation's independence and that the Costa Rica exceptionalism is not confined to the Central Valley.

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