Miscegenation, Identity and Status in Colonial Africa: Intimate Colonial Encounters

1st Edition

Lawrence Mbogoni

Published December 13, 2018
Reference - 226 Pages
ISBN 9781138061453 - CAT# Y331724
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa

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Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the colonial administrations in British East-Central African colonies considered inter-racial sexual liaisons to be a serious and recurrent "problem". Consequently, inter-racial sexual liaisons (concubinage and marriage) and the mixed race progeny that resulted from these liaisons led to protracted discussions and enactment of policies which addressed questions about concubinage, marriage, racial identity, sexual morality, and the status of persons of mixed race in British East-Central Africa.

Using archival sources and secondary literature, the author highlights how colonial inter-racial intimate encounters became intertwined with conceptions of ‘race’ and what it meant to be European, African ("native") and racially mixed. Intended for students and scholars interested in the study of ‘race’ and sexuality in colonial Africa, the book will provide an understanding of why inter-racial liaisons despite of rigid racial barriers were not easy to legislate against.

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