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SURINAME, SWEET SURINAME

SURINAME, SWEET SURINAME 406      GLQ: A JoUrnAL oF LeSBIAn And GAy STUdIeS Jacqueline Nassy Brown The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora Gloria Wekker New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. xvi + 313 pp. One should never judge a book by its cover. Yet an exception can be made for Gloria Wekker’s Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora. With its close-up of a pretty black woman in sultry repose, perhaps in a prelude to a kiss, the cover issues quite an invitation to what is, in the end, a fine ethnography of passion. Wekker studies the sexual practices and subjectivities of black women in Suriname and, to a lesser extent, in the Netherlands. Her focus is “the mati work,” which refers to women’s sexual, spiritual, and emotional bonds with other women, as well as to the mutual responsibility and obligation that characterize their intimate relationships with each other. The combination of page-turning ethnography, theoretical relevance, and often biting political critique makes for a wholly worthwhile book. There are multiple referents for the politics invoked in the book’s title. Most fundamentally, there is the character of the mati work itself: women do http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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© 2007 by Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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10.1215/10642684-2006-041
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406      GLQ: A JoUrnAL oF LeSBIAn And GAy STUdIeS Jacqueline Nassy Brown The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora Gloria Wekker New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. xvi + 313 pp. One should never judge a book by its cover. Yet an exception can be made for Gloria Wekker’s Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora. With its close-up of a pretty black woman in sultry repose, perhaps in a prelude to a kiss, the cover issues quite an invitation to what is, in the end, a fine ethnography of passion. Wekker studies the sexual practices and subjectivities of black women in Suriname and, to a lesser extent, in the Netherlands. Her focus is “the mati work,” which refers to women’s sexual, spiritual, and emotional bonds with other women, as well as to the mutual responsibility and obligation that characterize their intimate relationships with each other. The combination of page-turning ethnography, theoretical relevance, and often biting political critique makes for a wholly worthwhile book. There are multiple referents for the politics invoked in the book’s title. Most fundamentally, there is the character of the mati work itself: women do

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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