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

ISBN: 9780821443972

Published: October 10th 2011

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Our 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 Trade to Colonial Rule by Emily Lynn Osborn
October 10th 2011 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 289 pages | ISBN: 9780821443972 | 6.70 Mb

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 withMoreIn 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-Bate, 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 womens domestic roles. This book will be of interest to scholars of politics, gender, the household, slavery, and Islam in African history.



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