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Marriage, Perversion, and Power : The Construction of Moral Discourse in Southern Rhodesia 1894-1930 - Diana Jeater

Marriage, Perversion, and Power

The Construction of Moral Discourse in Southern Rhodesia 1894-1930

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Published: 11th February 1993
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This is the first scholarly study of African marriage relationships in Southern Rhodesia during the early twentieth century. It is a highly original and cogently argued history of sexuality and gender relations in colonial Africa.
Diana Jeater examines the impact of colonial occupation at its deepest level - the way in which men and women conceptualize themselves and their gender. She explores the extraordinary experience of people who, for the first time in their history, were living in towns, and traces the struggles which led to new ideas about appropriate behaviour between men and women.
Dr Jeater examines the marriage relationship and the regulation of sexuality, showing how the urban environment produced social relations which were not based on kinship networks and how wage labour and the cash economy offered unprecedented opportunities for the young to break free from lineage control. The book demonstrates how European concepts of gender relations were selectively absorbed by various interest groups within the African communities in order to maximize the benefits and reduce the costs of interaction with the white occupation.

`Jeater's account emphasises the substantial differences amongst the white elite as to whether and how state intervention in marriage and sexual practices should take place.' Current Writing

Abbreviations
In Search of the Moral Realm: A Theoretical and Historical Starting-Point, Gwelo District, 1893p. 1
Civilization and Morality: Manichaean Attitudes among the Occupiers of Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1905p. 35
Maidens and Harlots: 'Moral' Legislation, 1901-1912p. 64
Part-Time Love Affairs: Changing Marriage Arrangements in Gwelo District, 1898-1914p. 95
'The Problem with Women': The Natives Adultery Punishment Ordinance, 1916p. 119
The Pointing Finger: Ascriptions of Blame in the Debate over Adulteryp. 141
Township Troubles: Urban Sexuality in Gwelo District, 1916-1920p. 169
'Tradition' and Power: Transformations of African Marriage, 1914-1926p. 197
The Closing Door: African Women and European Morality, 1916-1930p. 227
Conclusionp. 260
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 275
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198203797
ISBN-10: 0198203799
Series: Oxford Studies in African Affairs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 11th February 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.5