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Contested bodies : pregnancy, childrearing, and slavery in Jamaica

Author: Sasha Turner
Publisher: Philadelphia : PENN University of Pennsylvania Press, [2017]
Series: Early American studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
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It is often thought that slaveholders only began to show an interest in female slaves' reproductive health after the British government banned the importation of Africans into its West Indian colonies in 1807. However, as Sasha Turner shows in this illuminating study, for almost thirty years before the slave trade ended, Jamaican slaveholders and doctors adjusted slave women's labor, discipline, and health care to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sasha Turner
ISBN: 9780812249187 0812249186
OCLC Number: 960292579
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2018 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize.
Description: viii, 316 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: transforming bodies --
Conceiving moral and industrious subjects: women, children, and abolition --
"The best ones who are fit to breed": the quest for biological reproduction --
When workers become mothers, who works? motherhood, labor, and punishment --
"Buckra doctor no do you no good": struggles over maternal health care --
"Dead before the ninth day": struggles over neonatal care --
Mothers know best? maternal authority and children's survival --
Raising hardworking adults: labor, punishment, and slave childhood --
Conclusion: transforming slavery.
Series Title: Early American studies.
Responsibility: Sasha Turner.

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Contested Bodies explores how the end of the transatlantic trade impacted Jamaican slaves and their children. Examining the struggles for control over biological reproduction, Turner shows how  Read more...

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