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Acknowledgments I began graduate school in 1994, earned a Ph.D. in 2006, and finished this book in the summer of 2007; so needless to say, my debts are long and deep. I have been fortunate to receive assistance, support, and guidance from many wonderful people in my life—all of whom made this work possible, including my professors at Rutgers University, my generous and good-spirited colleagues and students at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, old and new friends, and my cherished family. I begin by acknowledging my dear Nevisian friends. I would like to give special thanks to Ruthie, Eleanor, and Felicia.While these certainly are not their real names, I am hoping somehow that these women will recognize themselves in these narratives and know how much their stories contributed to my understanding of Nevisian life. Ruthie and Eleanor shared their lives with me and continue to do so. Felicia, who is, as readers will see, mature beyond her years, took time out of her busy school schedule to meet with me and to share her experiences and thoughts about what it means to be a girl on Nevis and after I left Nevis, Felicia, who is now in college, corresponded with me at length via e-mail, helping to clarify particular issues and ideas. In order to protect my friends on Nevis, I cannot thank them by using their real names. Nevertheless, I remain deeply indebted to them. I would like to thank a number of public officials and as well, community members on Nevis who went out of their way to assist my research efforts. These kindhearted people include Larry Richards, Vince Hubbard, Dr. Singh, Dr. Dias, Dr. Jacobs, Ermine Leader, Charmaine Howell, Andrea Nisbett, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Morton, Mrs. Hodge, Mr. Liburd, Allison Hill, Joan Robinson, and theYearwood family.While living on Nevis, I had the opportunity to meet the Sinclair family, especially Tori, whose companionship and generous hospitality made a difference in the quality of my research efforts. I must also thank Dr.Adly Meguid.In 2002,we sat down to a meal at his beautiful Mount Nevis hotel. It was during our long conversation that I knew for certain that I would return to Nevis to conduct my fieldwork. My friends from graduate school, Becca Etz, Andy Bickford, Sabrina Chase, Sean Hoffman, and in particular, Edgar Rivera Colon and Paige West, both of whom read parts, if not all of the manuscript, are owed an immense ix amount of gratitude. An award from the National Science Foundation supported my fieldwork, but without the assistance and guidance from Teresa M. Delcorso at Rutgers I would not have been successful in obtaining funding. Constance Sutton and R.T. Smith both offered incredibly useful feedback on the nature of the project. I also want to thank Alan and Nancy Rushton for their friendship and guidance. Two professors from my graduate program at Rutgers, Michael Moffatt and Marc Manganaro, have my respect and gratitude . I learned a great deal from both individuals as a graduate student. I am also immensely grateful to my students at Salve Regina, who have listened enthusiastically to my stories about Nevis, all the while offering me useful suggestions. I want to thank Justine Axelsson, Stephanie Barrante, Bianca Brunelli, Sophie Hemmerdinger, Matilda Mutanguha, Caitlin McCurn, Michelle Quinn, Jason Robinson, Bridget Sheerin, Jamie Socci, Michelle Styger, Ian Kerr, Romana Manzoor, Hector Sevillano, and Ellen Stracensky. In 1981, as a college student, I met Fred Errington, who quite frankly changed my life and inspired me to become an anthropologist. Over the years, Fred and Deborah Gewertz, both of whom have become dear and constant friends, have offered me an endless amount of support.When I was in graduate school, they read my research proposals, parts of my dissertation, the letters I sent to editors, a book prospectus, and eventually the manuscript for this book. Each time I reached out to them with yet another request, another favor, they never refused me, often getting back to me within days if not hours.Without them, this book would not have been published. It is as simple and as honest as that. While at Rutgers I worked closely with Louisa Schein, Fran Mascia-Lees, Peter Guarnaccia, and Bruce Robbins. I have great respect for their commitment to scholarship, their professionalism, and their intellectual gifts. Fran Mascia-Lees offered penetrating and detailed remarks that refined my argument .She knew exactly what it was that I was trying...


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  • Sex -- Social aspects -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
  • Sex in popular culture -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
  • Girls -- Sexual behavior -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
  • Girls -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis -- Attitudes.
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