Sex, Power, and Slavery

Sex, Power, and Slavery

By: Elizabeth Elbourne (editor), Gwyn Campbell (editor)Paperback

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Sexual exploitation was and is a critical feature of enslavement. Across many different societies, slaves were considered to own neither their bodies nor their children, even if many struggled to resist. At the same time, paradoxes abound: for example, in some societies to bear the children of a master was a potential route to manumission for some women. Sex, Power, and Slavery is the first history of slavery and bondage to take sexuality seriously. Twenty-six authors from diverse scholarly backgrounds look at the vexed, traumatic intersections of the histories of slavery and of sexuality. They argue that such intersections mattered profoundly and, indeed, that slavery cannot be understood without adequate attention to sexuality. Sex, Power, and Slavery brings into conversation historians of the slave trade, art historians, and scholars of childhood and contemporary sex trafficking. The book merges work on the Atlantic world and the Indian Ocean world and enables rich comparisons and parallels between these diverse areas. Contributors: David Brion Davis, Martin Klein, Richard Hellie, Abdul Sheriff, Griet Vankeerberghen, E. Ann McDougall, Matthew S. Hopper, Marie Rodet, George La Rue, Ulrike Schmieder, Tara Iniss, Mariana Candido, James Francis Warren, Johanna Ransmeier, Roseline Uyanga with Marie-Luise Ermisch, Francesca Ann Louise Mitchell, Shigeru Sato, Gabeba Baderoon, Charmaine Nelson, Ana Lucia Araujo, Brian Lewis, Ronaldo Vainfas, Salah Trabelsi, Joost Cote, Sandra Evers, and Subho Basu

About Author

Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University, is the author and editor of many works, including Abolition and Its Aftermath in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia and An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar. Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate Professor of History at McGill University, Montreal. She is the author of Blood Ground: Colonialism, Missions and contests over Christianity in Britain and the Eastern Cape, 1799-1852. She is currently the co-editor (with Brian Cowan) of the Journal of British Studies.


Introduction: Key themes and perspectives Elizabeth Elbourne Part I - Paradigms and Overviews: Points of Departure and Return 1. Slavery, Sex, and Dehumanization David Brion Davis 2. Sexuality and Slavery in the Western Sudan Martin Klein 3. Sex and Power in the Russian Institutions of Slavery and Serfdom Richard Hellie Part II - Concubinage, Law, and the Family 4. Suria: Concubine or Secondary Slave Wife? The Case of Zanzibar in the Nineteenth Century Abdul Sheriff 5. A Sexual Order in the Making: Wives and Slaves in Early Imperial China Griet Vankeerberghen 6. "To marry one's slave is as easy as eating a meal": The Dynamics of Carnal Relations within Saharan Slavery E. Ann McDougall 7. Slavery, Family Life, and the African Diaspora in the Arabian Gulf, 1880 - 1940 Matthew S. Hopper 8. "I ask for divorce because my husband does not let me go back to my country of origin with my brother": Gender, Family, and the End of Slavery in the Region of Kayes, French Soudan (1890 - 1920) Marie Rodet 9. The Fatal Sorbet: An Account of Slavery, Jealousy, Pregnancy, and Murder in a Harem in Alexandria, Egypt, ca. 1850 George La Rue Part III - Intimate Power: Sexuality and Slavery in the Households of the Atlantic World 10. Sexual Relations between the Enslaved as well as between Slaves and Non-Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Cuba Ulrike Schmieder 11. "This Complicated Incest": Children, Sexuality, and Sexual Abuse during Slavery and the Apprenticeship Period in the British Caribbean, 1790 -1838 Tara Iniss 11. Strategies for Social Mobility: Liaisons between Foreign Men and Slave Women in Benguela, ca. 1770 - 1850 Mariana Candido Part IV - Sex Trafficking and Prostitution 12. Japanese Brothel Prostitution, Daily Life, and the Client: Colonial Singapore, 1870 - 1940 James Francis Warren 13. Body Price: Ambiguities in the Sale of Women at the End of the Qing Dynasty Johanna Ransmeier 14. Sex, Slavery, and Human Trafficking in Nigeria: An Overview Roseline Uyanga with Marie-Luise Ermisch 15. The Rise of Sex Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia since the 1960s Francesca Ann Louise Mitchell 16. The Japanese Army and Comfort Women in World War II Shigeru Sato Part V - Art, Sexuality, and Slavery 17. Hidden Geographies of the Cape: Shifting Representations of Slavery and Sexuality in South African Art and Fiction Gabeba Baderoon 18. Innocence Curtailed: Reading Maternity and Sexuality as Labor in Canadian Representations of Black Girls Charmaine Nelson 19. Gender, Sex, and Power: Images of the Enslaved Women's Bodies Ana Lucia Araujo Part VI - Queering the Study of Slavery 20. "To Lever's on Soap!" Roger Casement, Slavery, and Sexual Imperialism Brian Lewis 21. Sodomy, Love, and Slavery in Colonial Brazil: A Case Study of Minas Gerais during the Eighteenth Century Ronaldo Vainfas 22. Eunuchs, Power, and Slavery in the Early Islamic World Legacies: Discourse, Dishonor, and Labor Salah Trabelsi 23. Slaves, Coolies, and Garrison Whores: A Colonial Discourse of "Unfreedom" in the Dutch East Indies Joost Cote 24. Lure of the Impure: Sexuality, Gender, and Agency of "Slave" Girls in Contemporary Madagascar Sandra Evers 25. Wages of Womanhood: Managers and Women Workers in the Jute Mill Industry of Bengal, 1890 - 1940 Subho Basu

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  • ISBN13: 9780821420973
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 704
  • ID: 9780821420973
  • ISBN10: 0821420976

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