New Book: “Het tweede bed / Trouw en tolerantie op Curaçao”

Het tweede bed: Trouw en tolerantie op Curaçao [The Second Bed: Loyalty and Tolerance in Curaçao] is a recent publication (Caribpublishing, 2011) by Valdemar Marcha, Paul Verweel, and Jacqueline Workman.

Description: This book explores the prevalence and rationales allowing for extramarital relationships in Curaçao. The general perception of the social reality of Curaçao is that a man will regularly have a girlfriend or two outside his married life. Valdemar Marcha, Paul Verweel, and Jacqueline Workman study the myths that hold together the idea that there is a difference between the social and legal basis (the rule / “the rule”) and reality / “reality.” They ask what is the main myth regarding committed relationships for men and women in Curacao.  Is it based on the colonial past? Is it that man is simply a hunter? Are women accepting of the situation just because, if a man has affairs, he is “a real man”?  Which situations are accepted by the community to become new norms?  The idea that “Men are just made that way” has become a prevailing myth in Curaçaoan culture. The authors discuss how this myth has come about and shed light on the complex processes involving the construction of masculinity and femininity in Curaçao.

For publishing information, see http://www.swpbook.com/1410

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