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When sex threatened the state : illicit sexuality, nationalism, and politics in colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958

Author: Saheed Aderinto
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Breaking new ground in the understanding of sexuality's complex relationship to colonialism, this book illuminates the attempts at regulating prostitution in colonial Nigeria. It 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."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saheed Aderinto
ISBN: 9780252038884 0252038886 9780252080425 0252080424 9780252096846 0252096843
OCLC Number: 898908825
Notes: Expanded Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
Description: xviii, 241 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : sex and sexuality in African colonial encounter --
"This is a city of bubbles" : Lagos and the phenomenon of colonial urbanism --
"The vulgar and obscene language" : prostitution, criminality, and immorality --
Childhood innocence, adult criminality : child prostitution and moral anxiety --
The sexual scourge of imperial order : race, the medicalization of sex, and colonial security --
Sexualized laws, criminalized bodies : anti-prostitution law and the making of a new socio-sexual order --
Men, masculinities, and the politics of sexual control --
Lagos elite women and the struggle for legitimacy --
Epilogue. Prostitution and trafficking in the age of HIV/AIDS.
Responsibility: Saheed Aderinto.

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