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Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa reveals the ways in which domestic space and domestic relationships take on different meanings in African contexts that extend the boundaries of family obligation, kinship, and dependency. The term domestic violence encompasses kin-based violence, marriage-based violence, gender-based violence, as well as violence between patrons and clients who shared the same domestic space. As a lived experience and as a social and historical unit of analysis, domestic violence in colonial and postcolonial Africa is complex. Using evidence drawn from Subsaharan Africa, the chapters explore the range of domestic violence in Africa’s colonial past and its present, including taxation and the insertion of the household into the broader structure of colonial domination. African histories of domestic violence demand that scholars and activists refine the terms and analyses and pay attention to the historical legacies of contemporary problems. This collection brings into conversation historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa and fosters a deeper understanding of the problem of domestic violence, the limits of international human rights conventions, and local and regional efforts to address the issue.

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This book contains selected papers from the Symposium on Law, Colonialism, and Domestic Violence in Africa and in Comparative Perspective, held in April 2007 at the Stanford Humanities Center. The term domestic violence is used here to mean controlling and punitive behavior, whether physical, psychological, or emotional. US and European contributors in history, anthropology, African studies, and women's studies reveal the ways in which domestic relationships and domestic violence take on different meanings in African contexts in which the boundaries of family obligation, kinship, and dependency are extended beyond Western norms. The contributors present historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa in the past and present, and describe local and regional efforts to address the issue within the limits of international human rights conventions. Some specific topics explored include domestic violence in Italian East Africa 1937-1940, witchcraft and violence in intimate relationships, and gender based violence and the law in Senegal and Ghana. Burrill teaches women's studies and history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa reveals the ways in which domestic space and domestic relationships take on different meanings in African contexts that extend the boundaries of family obligation, kinship, and dependency. The term domestic violence encompasses kin-based violence, marriage-based violence, gender-based violence, as well as violence between patrons and clients who shared the same domestic space. As a lived experience and as a social and historical unit of analysis, domestic violence in colonial and postcolonial Africa is complex. Using evidence drawn from Subsaharan Africa, the chapters explore the range of domestic violence in Africa’s colonial past and its present, including taxation and the insertion of the household into the broader structure of colonial domination. African histories of domestic violence demand that scholars and activists refine the terms and analyses and pay attention to the historical legacies of contemporary problems. This collection brings into conversation historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa and fosters a deeper understanding of the problem of domestic violence, the limits of international human rights conventions, and local and regional efforts to address the issue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821419281
Author:
Burrill, Emily S.
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Editor:
Roberts, Richard L.
Editor:
Thornberry, Elizabeth
Author:
Roberts, Richard L.
Author:
Thornberry, Elizabeth
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Colonies -- Africa -- History.
Subject:
Justice, Administration of--Africa--History
Subject:
Abuse - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
1
Series:
New African Histories
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa reveals the ways in which domestic space and domestic relationships take on different meanings in African contexts that extend the boundaries of family obligation, kinship, and dependency. The term domestic violence encompasses kin-based violence, marriage-based violence, gender-based violence, as well as violence between patrons and clients who shared the same domestic space. As a lived experience and as a social and historical unit of analysis, domestic violence in colonial and postcolonial Africa is complex. Using evidence drawn from Subsaharan Africa, the chapters explore the range of domestic violence in Africa’s colonial past and its present, including taxation and the insertion of the household into the broader structure of colonial domination. African histories of domestic violence demand that scholars and activists refine the terms and analyses and pay attention to the historical legacies of contemporary problems. This collection brings into conversation historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa and fosters a deeper understanding of the problem of domestic violence, the limits of international human rights conventions, and local and regional efforts to address the issue.
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