Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, And Belonging In Kenya by George Paul MeiuEthno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, And Belonging In Kenya by George Paul Meiu

Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, And Belonging In Kenya

byGeorge Paul Meiu

Hardcover | October 10, 2017

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Ethno-erotic Economies explores a fascinating case of tourism focused on sex and culture in coastal Kenya, where young men deploy stereotypes of African warriors to help them establish transactional sexual relationships with European women. In bars and on beaches, young men deliberately cultivate their images as sexually potent African men to attract women, sometimes for a night, in other cases for long-term relationships.
 
George Paul Meiu uses his deep familiarity with the communities these men come from to explore the long-term effects of markets of ethnic culture and sexuality on a wide range of aspects of life in rural Kenya, including kinship, ritual, gender, intimate affection, and conceptions of aging. What happens to these communities when young men return with such surprising wealth? And how do they use it to improve their social standing locally? By answering these questions, Ethno-erotic Economies offers a complex look at how intimacy and ethnicity come together to shape the pathways of global and local trade in the postcolonial world.
George Paul Meiu is assistant professor of anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  
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Title:Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, And Belonging In KenyaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022649103X

ISBN - 13:9780226491035

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Table of Contents


A Note on Language
Introduction

1. Moran Sexuality and the Geopolitics of Alterity
2. Livelihood and Respectability in Hard Times
3. Slippery Intimacy and Ethno-erotic Commodification
4. Shortcut Money, Gossip, and Precarious (Be)longings
5. Marriage, Madness, and the Unruly Rhythms of Respectability
6. In a Ritual Rush: Crafting Belonging in Lopiro Ceremonies

Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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Ethno-erotic Economies is a stunning ethnographic achievement. Meiu’s exploration of how ethnicity, gender, money, and intimacy shape dynamics of belonging and value in contemporary Kenya speaks to important debates in African Studies, queer studies, and anthropological inquiry in the broadest sense.”