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RediasporizationAfrican-Guyanese Kweh-Kweh$
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Gillian Richards-Greaves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831156

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831156.001.0001

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Wipin’, Winin’, and Wukkin’

Wipin’, Winin’, and Wukkin’

Constructing, Contesting, and Displaying Gender Values

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Rediasporization
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Gillian Richards-Greaves

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831156.003.0003

This chapter examines rediasporization as a gendered process. It interrogates the ways that African-Guyanese-Americans articulate, construct, and reject Guyanese gendered values through singing, wining (gyrations), and other ritual performances at Come to My Kwe-Kwe celebrations. While gendering is a multilayered process, this chapter specifically focuses on the ways that notions of “real man” and “good” or “proper woman” are negotiated and displayed in Come to My Kwe-Kwe rituals through performances that address domestication, economic providence, and sexuality broadly construed. The chapter also articulates how characteristic innovative performances at Come to My Kwe-Kwe highlight overt and subtle differences between the gender values of the primary African Diaspora in Guyana and those of the secondary diaspora in the United States. The chapter further explores the connections between gendered values in pre-colonial Africa, pre-emancipation Guyana, and the contemporary USA, as African-Guyanese-Americans navigate identity and belonging during processes of rediasporization.

Keywords:   gender, real man, proper woman, wining (gyration), rediasporization

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