Wayward Women Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society

Wayward Women
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780520245600
  • Druk: New title
  • april 2006
  • 296 pagina's
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Written with uncommon grace and clarity, this extremely engaging ethnography analyzes female agency, gendered violence, and transactional sex in contemporary Papua New Guinea. Focusing on Huli 'passenger women', (women who accept money for sex), Wayward Women explores the socio-economic factors that push women into the practice of transactional sex, and asks how these transactions might be an expression of resistance, or even revenge. Challenging conventional understandings of 'prostitution' and 'sex work', Holly Wardlow contextualizes the actions and intentions of passenger women in a rich analysis of kinship, bridewealth, marriage, and exchange, revealing the ways in which these robust social institutions are transformed by an encompassing capitalist economy. Many passenger women assert that they have been treated 'olsem maket' (like market goods) by their husbands and natal kin, and they respond by fleeing home and defiantly appropriating their sexuality for their own purposes. Experiences of rape, violence, and the failure of kin to redress such wrongs figure prominently in their own stories about becoming 'wayward'. Drawing on village court cases, hospital records, and women's own raw, caustic, and darkly funny narratives, Wayward Women provides a riveting portrait of the way modernity engages with gender to produce new and contested subjectivities.

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Rich ... would be analytically useful within all fields seeking intelligibility of complex social relations. Social Anthropology Provokes new questions while addressing concerns of longstanding in Melanesianist ethnography. Reviews In Anthropology

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Engels
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Paperback
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New title
Verschijningsdatum
2006-04-07
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296 pagina's
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Holly Wardlow Holly Wardlow
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Holly Wardlow
Uitgever
University Of California

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Wayward Women: Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society

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9780520245600

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Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2006-04-07
Subtitel
Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society
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1MKLP
Thema Subject Code
JBSF1

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