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Intimacy across the Fencelines: Intimacy across the Fencelines

Rebecca Forgash


This book examines intimacy in the form of sexual encounters, dating, marriage, and family that involve US service members and local residents. The book analyzes the stories of individual U.S. service members and their Okinawan spouses and family members against the backdrop of Okinawan history, political and economic entanglements with Japan and the United States, and a longstanding anti-base movement. The narratives highlight the simultaneously repressive and creative power of military “fencelines,” sites of symbolic negotiation and struggle involving gender, race, and class that divide the ... More

Keywords: sexual encounters, intimacy, dating, marriage, family, U.S. service members, Okinawan history, U.S.–Japan security alliance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750403
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Forgash, author
Metropolitan State University of Denver