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The Pursuit of Happiness


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction. "Jamaica Crawled Into My Soul": Black Women, Affect, and the Promise of Diaspora 1
Interlude 27
1. More Than a Groove: Pursuing Happiness as a Political Project 31
Interlude 63
2. "Giving Back" to Jamaica: Experiencing Community and Conflict While Traveling with Diasporic Heart 65
Interlude 95
3. Why Jamaica? Seeking the Fantasy of a Black Paradise 99
Interlude 121
4. Breaking (It) Down: Gender, Emotional Entanglements, and the Realities of Romance Tourism 123
Interlude 159
5. Navigating (Virtual) Jamaica: Online Diasporic Contact Zones 163
Interlude 185
Epilogue. Lessons Learned 187
Notes 197
Bibliography 209
Index 221

About the Author

Bianca C. Williams is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.


"Breathtaking. . . . Simply reading this book felt like an act of self-care for me-a breath of fresh air." -- Erica Lorraine Williams * Anthrodendum *
"This book will be of interest to scholars in many fields, such as Black feminist studies, transnational and diaspora studies, and the anthropology of tourism and mobility. I particularly want to highlight the book's contribution to affect studies, given Williams' careful attention to the ways in which her interlocutors' emotions are influenced by their racial, gendered, classed, and national subjectivities." -- Dannah Dennis * Journal for the Anthropology of North America *
"The Pursuit of Happiness is an insightful and engrossing book about African-American women on topics few readers are privileged to hear about or understand." -- Jualynne E. Dodson * American Journal of Sociology *

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