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

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Columbia University Press, Jun 4, 2006 - Social Science - 336 pages
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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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Review: The Politics of Passion: Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Between Men~Between Women series)

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Very brave for the author who revealed her relationship with her Mati friend. Great job, and I love everything she presented. I come from one of the Asian countries where same sex sexual activities are being condemned and criticized. learned alot Read full review

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

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Interesting work that brings forth the idea of sex and sexuality as liberatory project by which social and economic ties can be forged, especially for working class women, the potential non ... Read full review

Contents

No Tide No TamaraNot Today Not Tomorrow Misi Juliette Cummingss Life History
1
Suriname Sweet Suriname A Political Economy of Gendered and Racialized Inequality
55
Winti an AfroSurinamese Religion and the Multiplicitous Self
83
Kon Sidon na Mi TapuThen He Comes and Sits Down on Top of Me Relationships Between Women and Men
117
The Mati Work
171
Sexuality on the Move
223
Notes
259
Works Cited
277
Index
297
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About the author (2006)

Wekker is a full professor of women's studies at Utrecht University-the second black woman so honored in the Netherlands. She received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from UCLA. She has published several books in Dutch and a number of articles in English. In 2000-2001 she was a visiting Scholar at the Oral History Project at Columbia.

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