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

Columbia University Press, 2006 - 313 pagina's
The Politics of Passion centers on an old institution among the Afro-Surinamese working class in which women have multiple sexual relationships with both men and women. These women reject marriage because of the bonds of dependency it fosters, preferring to create their own families of kin, lovers, and children. Gloria Wekker analyzes this phenomenon, known as mati work, as she vividly describes the lives of Afro-Surinamese women. She gives an account of women's sexuality that is not limited to either heterosexuality or same-sex sexuality. Her work offers new perspectives on black women's sexuality, the lives of Caribbean women, transnational gay and lesbian movements, and an Afro-Surinamese tradition that challenges conventional Western notions of marriage, gender, and sexuality. By foregrounding the voices of Afro-Surinamese women, Wekker illuminates these women's daily lives in light of the changes occurring in Surinamese society. She also considers the historical, religious, psychological, economic, linguistic, cultural, and political elements that have shaped their lives. The book concludes with stories of women who have migrated to the Netherlands, where they have created new, vibrant mati communities.

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A Political Economy of Gendered
Winti an AfroSurinamese Religion and the Multiplicitous Self
Kon Sidon na Mi Tapu Then He Comes and Sits Down on Top of
The Mati Work 7
Sexuality on the Move

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Over de auteur (2006)

Gloria Wekker holds the IIAV chair in gender and ethnicity in the Department of Women's Studies, Faculty of the Arts, at Utrecht University.

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