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Sex and Salvation: Imagining the Future in Madagascar


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Sex and Salvation chronicles the coming of age of a generation of women in Tamatave in the years that followed Madagascarand#8217;s economic liberalization. Eager to forge a viable future amid poverty and rising consumerism, many young women have entered the sexual economy in hope of finding a European husband. Just as many Westerners believe that young people break with the past as they enter adulthood, Malagasy citizens fear that these women have severed the connection to their history and culture.

Jennifer Coleand#8217;s elegant analysis shows how this notion of generational change is both wrong and consequential. It obscures the ways young people draw on long-standing ideas of gender and sexuality, it ignores how urbanites relate to their rural counterparts, and it neglects the relationship between these husband-seeking women and their elders who join Pentecostal churches. And yet, as talk about the women circulates through the cityand#8217;s neighborhoods, bars, Internet cafes, and churches, it teaches others new ways of being.

Coleand#8217;s sophisticated depiction of how a generationand#8217;s coming of age contributes to social change eschews a narrow focus on crisis. Instead, she reveals how fantasies of rupture and conceptions of the changing life course shape the everyday ways that people create the future.

About the Author

Jennifer Cole is professor of anthropology in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago and the author of Forget Colonialism? Sacrifice and the Art of Memory in Madagascar.

Table of Contents


ONE / Imagining the Future: Theorizing Generational and Historical Change

TWO / Making Modern Life in Tamatave: Shifting Paths to Social Mobility

THREE / Disembedding and the Humiliation of Poverty

FOUR / The Changing Social Economy of the Female Life Course

FIVE / Jeunes: The Future in the Present

SIX / Finding Vazaha? Navigating the Sexual Economy

SEVEN / Other Futures: Women, Suffering, and Pentecostalism

EIGHT / How the Future Comes into the Present


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Cole, Jennifer
University of Chicago Press
Anthropology - Cultural
Sociology of Religion
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Urban youth - Madagascar -
Sex customs - Madagascar
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Sub Saharan Africa
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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