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Author Curtis, Debra, 1963- author

Title Pleasures and perils : girls' sexuality in a Caribbean consumer culture / Debra Curtis
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 222 pages) : illustrations
Series The Rutgers series in childhood studies
Rutgers series in childhood studies.
Contents Introduction -- Globalizing Nevis : radical shifts from subsistence to consumerism -- Competing discourses and morality at play -- Consuming global scripts : media, sex, and desire -- The state and sexualities -- Rethinking sexual-economic exchange -- Theorizing sexual pleasure -- Conclusion
Summary 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 contrad
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-211) and index
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Subject Girls -- Sexual behavior -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
Girls -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis -- Attitudes.
Sex in popular culture -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
Sex -- Social aspects -- Saint Kitts and Nevis -- Nevis.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813546966 (electronic bk.)
9780813546964 (electronic bk.)