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Breaking new ground in the understanding of sexuality's complex relationship to colonialism, When Sex Threatened the State illuminates the attempts at regulating prostitution in colonial Nigeria. As Saheed Aderinto shows, British colonizers saw prostitution as an African form of sexual primitivity and a problem to be solved as part of imperialism's "civilizing mission". He details the Nigerian response to imported sexuality laws and the contradictory ways both African and British reformers advocated for prohibition or regulation of prostitution. Tracing the tensions within diverse groups of colonizers and the colonized, he reveals how wrangling over prostitution camouflaged the negotiating of separate issues that threatened the social, political, and sexual ideologies of Africans and Europeans alike. The first book-length project on sexuality in early twentieth century Nigeria, When Sex Threatened the State combines the study of a colonial demimonde with an urban history of Lagos and a look at government policy to reappraise the history of Nigerian public life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction: Sex and Sexuality in African Colonial Encounter
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Chapter 1. "This Is a City of Bubbles": Lagos and the Phenomenon of Colonial Urbanism
  2. pp. 24-48
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  1. Chapter 2. "The Vulgar and Obscene Language": Prostitution, Criminality, and Immorality
  2. pp. 49-72
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  1. Chapter 3. Childhood Innocence, Adult Criminality: Child Prostitution and Moral Anxiety
  2. pp. 73-92
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  1. Chapter 4. The Sexual Scourge of Imperial Order: Race, the Medicalization of Sex, and Colonial Secur
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. Chapter 5. Sexualized Laws, Criminalized Bodies: Anti-Prostitution Law and the Making of a New Socio
  2. pp. 113-134
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  1. Chapter 6. Men, Masculinities, and the Politics of Sexual Control
  2. pp. 135-155
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  1. Chapter 7. Lagos Elite Women and the Struggle for Legitimacy
  2. pp. 156-169
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  1. Epilogue: Prostitution and Trafficking in the Age of HIV/AIDS
  2. pp. 170-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-216
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 217-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252096846
Related ISBN
9780252038884
MARC Record
OCLC
900675543
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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