Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule by Emily Lynn OsbornOur New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule by Emily Lynn Osborn

Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave…

byEmily Lynn Osborn

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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In Our New Husbands Are Here, Emily Lynn Osborn investigates a central puzzle of power and politics in West African history: Why do women figure frequently in the political narratives of the precolonial period, and then vanish altogether with colonization? Osborn addresses this question by exploring the relationship of the household to the state. By analyzing the history of statecraft in the interior savannas of West Africa (in present-day Guinea-Conakry), Osborn shows that the household, and women within it, played a critical role in the pacifist Islamic state of Kankan-Baté, enabling it to endure the predations of the transatlantic slave trade and become a major trading center in the nineteenth century. But French colonization introduced a radical new method of statecraft to the region, one that separated the household from the state and depoliticized women’s domestic roles. This book will be of interest to scholars of politics, gender, the household, slavery, and Islam in African history.

Emily Lynn Osborn is an associate professor of history at University of Chicago.
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Title:Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821419838

ISBN - 13:9780821419830

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"Emily Osborn has written a highly accessible and well composed social and political history of Kankan covering the period up to the First World War. She explores and impressive variety of sources: oral history, local manuscripts, and archival texts. This work is an important contribution to debates in the social history of West Africa and to gender studies."
- Journal of African History