MSpace - DSpace at UofM >
Faculty of Graduate Studies (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) >
FGS - Electronic Theses & Dissertations (Public) >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4858

Title: Nigerian and Sierra Leonean young women, sex, and sexuality: a study in a prairie city in Western Canada
Authors: Dutfield-Wilms, Katie J.
Supervisor: Frohlick, Susan (Anthropology)
Examining Committee: Fournier, Anna (Anthropology) Wilkinson, Lori (Sociology)
Graduation Date: October 2011
Keywords: Sexuality
Immigration
Intimacies
Dating
Erotics
Pleasure
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2011
Abstract: Through an examination of how culture and cultural difference affect sexual norms and practices this thesis explores the sexual subjectivities of ten Nigerian and Sierra Leonean young women living in Winnipeg. The theoretical framework deployed in this thesis is the social constructionist approach to sexuality. This approach involves an understanding that social processes affect the meanings and performances of sexuality and will be deployed to underscore the varying ways Nigerian and Sierra Leonean young women develop sexual beliefs and practices enmeshed in dating and economic exchange, connections to “home”, pleasure, and the body. The methodological approach is ethnographic and uses focus groups, interviews, and participant observation. I argue that the Nigerian and Sierra Leonean young women’s sexual subjectivities are influenced by their social locations as straddling two different social worlds and sets of cultural and sexual norms. Media, race and religion influence these young women’s sexual subjectivities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4858
Appears in Collection(s):FGS - Electronic Theses & Dissertations (Public)

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Dutfield-Wilms_Katie J..pdf626.83 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
View Statistics

Items in MSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0! MSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace - Feedback