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Pleasures and Perils
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Pleasures and Perils follows a group of young girls living on Nevis, an island society in the Eastern Caribbean. In this provocative ethnography, Debra Curtis examines their sexuality in gripping detail: why do Nevisian girls engage in sexual activity at such young ages? Where is the line between coercion and consent? How does a desire for wealth affect a girl's sexual practices?Curtis shows that girls are often caught between conflicting discourses of Christian teachings about chastity, public health cautions about safe sex, and media enticements about consumer delights. Sexuality's contradictions are exposed: power and powerless¡ness, self-determination and cultural control, violence and pleasure. Pleasures and Perils illuminates the methodological and ethical issues anthropologists face when they conduct research on sex, especially among girls. The sexually explicit narratives conveyed in this book challenge not only the reader's own thoughts on sexuality but also the broader limits and possibilities of ethnography.A volume in the Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies, edited by Myra Bluebond-Langner

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. Chapter 2: Globalizing Nevis: Radical Shifts from Subsistence to Consumerism
  2. pp. 30-44
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  1. Chapter 3: Competing Discourses and Moralities at Play
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. Chapter 4: Consuming Global Scripts: Media, Sex, and Desire
  2. pp. 70-88
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  1. Chapter 5: The State and Sexualities
  2. pp. 89-117
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  1. Chapter 6: Rethinking Sexual-Economic Exchange
  2. pp. 118-144
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  1. Chapter 7: Theorizing Sexual Pleasure
  2. pp. 145-179
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  1. Chapter 8: Conclusion
  2. pp. 180-188
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 202-211
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 223
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