by Preity R. Kumar
Rutgers University Press, 2024
Cloth: 978-1-9788-1905-4 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1908-5 | Paper: 978-1-9788-1904-7
Library of Congress Classification HQ75.6.G95K86 2024
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.766309881

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
An Ordinary Landscape of Violence: Women Loving Women in Guyana tells a new history of queer women in postcolonial Guyana. While the country has experienced a rise in queer activism, especially toward human rights efforts, members of the Guyanese queer community have also been victims of extreme violence. This book asks how a hetero-patriarchal state shapes queer and "women-lovin’ women’s" experiences, and how such women navigate racialized, sexualized, and homophobic violence. With a unique focus on the lives of queer women in Guyana, it reveals their manifold experiences of violence, explores regional differences, and shows their complicated understanding of what exactly constitutes “rights” and the limitations of those rights in their lives. While activism against violence is crucial, this book addresses not only the violence against women, but theorizes the intimate partner violence between women, and demonstrates the ways that violence is both racialized and sexualized.