Altink, H. (2007) I did not want to face the shame of exposure: Gender ideologies and child murder in post-emancipation Jamaica. Journal of Social History, 41 (2). ISSN 1527-1897Full text not available from this repository.
This article examines 125 court cases of infanticide and concealment of birth that were reported in a Jamaican newspaper between 1865 and 1938 and were mainly committed by lower-class women. Informed by recent medical, psychological and legal studies on child murder, it demonstrates that historians can gain a more complete understanding of child murder in the modern period if they pay attention not only to poverty and a stigma attached to illegitimacy but also to societal norms of mothering and psycho-social stress factors. And more particularly, it will show that in spite of attempts to bring them in line with the metropolitan ideal of a family of husband/breadwinner, wife/homemaker and legitimate children, most lower-class African Jamaicans continued to hold on to their own norms of family, sexuality and gender, which had been carried over from Africa and reinforced by plantation practices during slavery.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > History (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||08 Apr 2009 11:28|
|Last Modified:||08 Apr 2009 11:28|
|Publisher:||Journal of Social History|