By Katie L. Acosta
Amigas y Amantes (Friends and fanatics) explores the stories of sexually nonconforming Latinas within the production and upkeep of households. it truly is in accordance with forty-two in-depth ethnographic interviews with ladies who establish as lesbian, bisexual, or queer (LBQ). also, it attracts from fourteen months of player remark at LBQ Latina occasions that Katie L. Acosta carried out in 2007 and 2008 in a huge northeast urban. With this information, Acosta examines how LBQ Latinas deal with loving relationships with the households who raised them, and with their companions, their teenagers, and their buddies.
Acosta investigates how sexually nonconforming Latinas negotiate cultural expectancies, wrestle obligatory heterosexuality, and reconcile tensions with their households. She deals a brand new mind set in regards to the emotion paintings occupied with daily lives, which highlights the casual, occasionally invisible, hard work required in keeping kinfolk ties. Acosta contends that the paintings LBQ Latinas tackle to maintain connections with organic households, enthusiasts, and kids ends up in a distinct approach of doing family.
Paying specific cognizance to the negotiations that LBQ Latinas adopt as a way to preserve familial order, Amigas y Amantes explores how they comprehend femininity, how they negotiate their spiritual faiths, how they face the original demanding situations of being in interracial/interethnic relationships, and the way they increase their childrens whereas integrating their households of origin.
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