Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua

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Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua


Feinberg, Richard, Foreign Affairs


Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua by Cymene hoWe. duke university Press, 2013, 248 pp. $84.95 (paper, $23.95).

as a young anthropologist, howe traveled to nicaragua to investigate how rights typically codified in the developed world, especially sexual freedoms, might be reformulated in the developing world. "in a puzzling irony," howe writes, she observed the nicaraguan Congress pass a repressive anti-sodomy law in 1992, then overturn it in 2007, all while tight- ening strict anti-abortion laws that criminalize even interventions to protect the health of a pregnant woman. thus, it appeared that the roman Catholic Church, and not other, more contem- porary social institutions, remained the most influential transnational moral force in nicaragua, embraced even by the populist sandinista president, daniel ortega. …

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