Sex, Power, and Slavery by Gwyn CampbellSex, Power, and Slavery by Gwyn Campbell

Sex, Power, and Slavery

EditorGwyn Campbell, Elizabeth Elbourne

Paperback | August 30, 2014

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“This collection challenges many established conceptual boundaries, and refines and reinterprets others.” —African Studies Quarterly
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, Mariano 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, Saleh Trabelsi, Joost Coté, Sandra Evers, Subho Basu.
Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University, is the author and editor of many works, including The Structure of Slavery in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia, Abolition and Its Aftermath in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia and An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar.Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate P...
Title:Sex, Power, and SlaveryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 30, 2014Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821420976

ISBN - 13:9780821420973


Table of Contents

• 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
• 12. Strategies for Social Mobility: Liaisons between Foreign Men and Slave Women in Benguela, ca. 1770–1850
Mariana Candido

Part IV - Sex Trafficking and Prostitution • 13. Japanese Brothel Prostitution, Daily Life, and the Client: Colonial Singapore, 1870–1940
James Francis Warren
• 14. Body Price: Ambiguities in the Sale of Women at the End of the Qing Dynasty
Johanna Ransmeier
• 15. Sex, Slavery, and Human Trafficking in Nigeria: An Overview
Roseline Uyanga with Marie-Luise Ermisch
• 16. The Rise of Sex Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia since the 1960s
Francesca Ann Louise Mitchell
• 17. The Japanese Army and Comfort Women in World War II
Shigeru Sato

Part V - Art, Sexuality, and Slavery • 18. Hidden Geographies of the Cape: Shifting Representations of Slavery and Sexuality in South African Art and Fiction
Gabeba Baderoon
• 19. Innocence Curtailed: Reading Maternity and Sexuality as Labor in Canadian Representations of Black Girls
Charmaine Nelson
• 20. Gender, Sex, and Power: Images of the Enslaved Women’s Bodies
Ana Lucia Araujo

Part VI - Queering the Study of Slavery • 21. “To Lever’s on Soap!” Roger Casement, Slavery, and Sexual Imperialism
Brian Lewis
• 22. Sodomy, Love, and Slavery in Colonial Brazil: A Case Study of Minas Gerais during the Eighteenth Century
Ronaldo Vainfas
• 23. Eunuchs, Power, and Slavery in the Early Islamic World Legacies: Discourse, Dishonor, and Labor
Saleh Trabelsi
• 24. Slaves, Coolies, and Garrison Whores: A Colonial Discourse of “Unfreedom” in the Dutch East Indies
Joost Coté
• 25. Lure of the Impure: Sexuality, Gender, and Agency of “Slave” Girls in Contemporary Madagascar
Sandra Evers
• 26. Wages of Womanhood: Managers and Women Workers in the Jute Mill Industry of Bengal,?1890?–?1940
Subho Basu