States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali

States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali

by Emily S. Burrill


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821421444
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Series: New African Histories Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emily S. Burrill is an associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and coeditor of Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction States of Marriage in Colonial West Africa 1

Chapter 1 Locating Gendered Knowledge and Authority in Sikasso at the Turn of the Century 25

Chapter 2 Contesting Slavery and Marriage in Early Colonial Sikasso 53

Chapter 3 Returned Soldiers and Runaway Wives: Defining the African Family in the French Sudan, 1912-30 79

Chapter 4 Wealth in Women, Wealth in Men: The Global Depression of the 2930s, Competing Labor Obligations, and the Mandel Decree 107

Chapter 5 Defining the Limits and Bargains of Patriarchy: Narratives of Domestic Violence 134

Chapter 6 Gender Justice and Marriage Legibility Projects in Late Colonial French Sudan 153

Conclusion "There Are Always Laws That Are Not Practiced" 179

Notes 187

Bibliography 215

Index 233

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