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Author Jean-Baptiste, Rachel.

Title Conjugal Rights [electronic resource] : Marriage, Sexuality, and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon.

Imprint Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource (317 pages).
Series New African Histories
New African histories series.
Contents Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Narrating a History of Domestic Life, Sexuality, Being, and Feeling in Urban Africa; Part I: From Atlantic Ocean Trading Post to Colonial Capital City, 1849-1929; 1: Sexual Economy in the Era of Trade and Politics; 2: Planning, Protest, and Prostitution; Part II: Libreville's Growth, 1930-1960; 3: Migration and Governance; 4: The Bridewealth Economy; 5: Jurisprudence; 6: "Faire Bon Ami"(To Be Good Friends); 7: "A Black Girl Should NotBe with a White Man"; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Conjugal Rights is a history of the role of marriage and other arrangements between men and women in Libreville, Gabon, during the French colonial era, from the mid-nineteenth century through 1960. Conventional historiography has depicted women as few in number and of limited influence in African colonial towns, but this book demonstrates that a sexual economy of emotional, social, legal, and physical relationships between men and women indelibly shaped urban life. Bridewealth became a motor of African economic activity, as men and women promised, earned, borrowed, transferr.
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Subject Marriage -- Gabon -- Libreville -- History.
Divorce -- Gabon -- Libreville -- History.
Sex -- Gabon -- Libreville -- History.
Customary law -- Gabon -- Libreville -- History.
Gabon -- History -- 1839-1960.
Chronological Term 1839-1960
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Jean-Baptiste, Rachel. Conjugal Rights : Marriage, Sexuality, and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon. Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, ©2014
ISBN 9780821445037 (electronic bk.)
0821445030 (electronic bk.)