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The Politics of Passion: Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Between Men--Between Women)

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Gloria Wekker analyzes the phenomenon of "mati" work, an old practice among Afro-Surinamese working-class women in which marriage is rejected in favor of male and female sexual partners. Wekker vividly describes the lives of these women, who prefer to create alternative families of kin, lovers, and children, and gives a fascinating account of women's sexuality that is not limited to either heterosexuality or same-sex sexuality. She offers new perspectives on the lives of Caribbean women, transnational gay and lesbian movements, and an Afro-Surinamese tradition that challenges conventional Western notions of marriage, gender, identity, and desire. Bringing these women's voices to the forefront, she offers an extensive and groundbreaking analysis of the unique historical, religious, psychological, economic, linguistic, cultural, and political forces that have shaped their lives.

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ISBN:
9780231131629
Author:
Wekker, Gloria
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women - Sexual behavior - Suriname -
Subject:
Women - Suriname - Paramaribo - Identity
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Series:
Between Men--Between Women
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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"Synopsis" by , Gloria Wekker analyzes the phenomenon of "mati" work, an old practice among Afro-Surinamese working-class women in which marriage is rejected in favor of male and female sexual partners. Wekker vividly describes the lives of these women, who prefer to create alternative families of kin, lovers, and children, and gives a fascinating account of women's sexuality that is not limited to either heterosexuality or same-sex sexuality. She offers new perspectives on the lives of Caribbean women, transnational gay and lesbian movements, and an Afro-Surinamese tradition that challenges conventional Western notions of marriage, gender, identity, and desire. Bringing these women's voices to the forefront, she offers an extensive and groundbreaking analysis of the unique historical, religious, psychological, economic, linguistic, cultural, and political forces that have shaped their lives.
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