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Deviant and dangerous: pro-slavery representations of Jamaican slave women's sexuality, c.1780-1834

Altink, H. (2005) Deviant and dangerous: pro-slavery representations of Jamaican slave women's sexuality, c.1780-1834. Slavery and Abolition, 26 (2). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0144-039X

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Abstract

This article analyses the pro-slavery debate about Jamaican slave women's sexuality in the period 1770-1834. The first part shows that two images of slave women dominated this debate and argues that these served primarily to displace fears about the viability of the plantation system. The second part explores the link between the two images and the practice of interracial sex, amongst others, by comparing Jamaican attitudes towards interracial sex with on the North American mainland. The conclusion links the analysis to the existing scholarship on pro-slavery discourse and describes some long-term effects of the two images of slave women's sexuality.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 12:36
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 12:36
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01440390500176541
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/01440390500176541
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7496

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