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Essay Question: To what extent did colonial rule transform gender relations and the lives of women?

Reading list:

Required Readings

Hansen, K.T. ‘ Introduction: Domesticity in Africa’, in K.T. Hansen (ed.), African encounters with domesticity (New Brunswick, 1992) [PDF copy below]
Schmidt, E. ‘Race, Sex, and Domestic Labor: The Question of African Female Servants in Southern Rhodesia, 1900-1939’, in K.T. Hansen (ed.), African encounters with domesticity (New Brunswick, 1992) [PDF copy below]

Hansen, K.T. Distant Companions: Servants and Employers in Zambia, 1900-1985 (Ithaca, 1989), ch. 1 ‘The Creation of a Gender Role: The Male Domestic Servant’ [PDF copy below]

Further Reading

Allman, J. ‘Rounding up spinsters: gender chaos and unmarried women in colonial Asante’, Journal of African History, 37 (2) 1996, 195-214. [J-Stor]

Allman, J., S. Geiger, and N. Musisi (eds.), Women in African colonial histories (Bloomington, 2002)
Allman, J and Tashjian, V. I will not eat stone: a women’s history of colonial Asante (2000) chs 1 & 4

Barnes, T. ‘The fight for control of African women’s mobility in colonial Zimbabwe, 1900-1939’, Signs, 17 (3), 1992, 586-608. [J-Stor]
Berger, I. Women in twentieth-century Africa (2016), Introduction, chs 1-3

Burja, J.M. ‘Women “entrepreneurs” of early Nairobi’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, 9 (2) 1975, 213-234
Coquery-Vidrovitch, C. African Women: A Modern History (Boulder, Colo., 1997), Parts 2 & 3
Cooper, B. ‘Women and gender’ in Oxford Handbook of Modern African History (2013)

Cornwall, A (ed.) Readings in gender in Africa (2004), Introduction and sections 2, 3, & 5

Emecheta, B. The joys of motherhood (1980) [This is a novel]

George, A.A. Making modern girls: a history of girlhood, labor, and social development in colonial Lagos (Athens, Ohio, 2014)

Hodgson, D.L. and McCurdy, S.A. ‘Wicked’ women and the reconfiguration of gender in Africa (2001)

Kanogo, T. African womanhood in colonial Kenya, 1900-50 (2005)

Lindsay, L. and Miescher, S. (eds), Men and masculinities in modern Africa (Westport, CT, 2003), Introduction and chs 4, 6

McCullers, M. ‘”We do it so that we will be men”: Masculinity Politics in Colonial Namibia, 1915-49’, Journal of African History, 52:1 (2011), 43-62

Ocobock, P. An Uncertain Age: The Politics of Manhood in Kenya (Athens, Ohio, 2017), Introduction and chs 1 & 2

Osborn, E. Our new husbands are here: Households, gender and politics in a West African state from the slave trade to colonial rule (2011), chs 6-7

Oyěwùmí, Oyèrónkẹ́. The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses (Minneapolis, 1997), esp. chs 1 and 4 [JSTOR ebook or Ebook Central]

Pariser, R. ‘Masculinity and Organised Resistance in Domestic Service in Colonial Dar es Salaam, 1919-1961’, International Labor and Working-Class History, 88 (2015), 109-129 [PDF copy below]

Thomas, L M. Politics of the womb: Women, reproduction and the state in Kenya (2003), Introduction & chs 1-2

White, L. The comforts of home: prostitution in Nairobi (1990), Introduction & chs 1-5