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Destined for a Life of Service Defining African-Jamaican Womanhood, 1865-1938

by Henrice Altink

Part of the Gender in History Series

Destined for a Life of Service Defining African-Jamaican Womanhood, 1865-1938 Synopsis

Based on a wide range of original sources, including folktales, anthropological studies, court statements, poetry and speeches, this book sheds new light on the struggle of people of African descent for full and equal citizenship in the post-emancipation British Caribbean. It examines the messages that African-Jamaican women were given about their place and roles from within and outside their own community, the extent to which these messages intersected with class and colour ideologies, and African-Jamaican women's attempts to realise these ideals of femininity amidst various constraints. Incorporating the full realm of African-Jamaican women's experiences, exploring not just their sexuality and reproduction but also their roles as labourers, citizens and freedom fighters, the book also links shifting gender ideologies to citizenship, race and nation. Essential reading for undergraduates and graduates interested in gender within the British Caribbean during the critical transformative period between 1865 and 1938, it will also interest political scientists and other scholars working on questions of nationalism, transnationalism and the gendered nature of citizenship. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719080289
Publication date: 1st June 2011
Author: Henrice Altink
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, History of the Americas,

About Henrice Altink

Henrice Altink is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York -- .

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