The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Community in Provincetown

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Social Science - 278 pages
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An examination of the transformation of a town from a Portuguese ethnic community into a predominantly homosexual tourist enclave. Focuses on Provincetown RI Based on over six years of fieldwork, Sandra L. Faiman-Silva's The Courage to Connect traces the transformation of the well-known Cape Cod community of Provincetown from its nineteenth century origins a Portuguese fishing town to its present status as a welcoming, sexually diverse tourist enclave. The book critically examines the history of the Portuguese ethnic community and the local economy, as well as the nature of intersections between gay and straight culture in areas such as public education, local government, and the police. Using queer and critical culture theory to deconstruct day-to-day local encounters, it lays bare the roots of social conflicts and how they can be resolved. Capturing the pathos and joy of a community that has struggled to accommodate radical social changes, The Courage to Connect serves as a model for understanding how communities can construct themselves to overcome their differences.

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A cartoon in this book (reprinted from a local newspaper) depicts two locals musing about how the influx of outsiders has affected the Cape Cod community of Provincetown, MA. One character complains ... Read full review

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Provincetown History as Diversity
Reinventing Traditions
From Fishing to
Community Life as Lived
Were Here Were Queer Get Used to It
PoliceCommunity Relations
A Culture of Resistance in Provincetowns Schools
Dealing with Difference

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Sandra L. Faiman-Silva is a professor of anthropology at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and the author of "Choctaws at the Crossroads: The Political Economy of Class and Culture in the Oklahoma Timber Region." She lives in Falmouth on Cape Cod.

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