Miscegenation, Identity and Status in Colonial Africa: Intimate Colonial Encounters, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Miscegenation, Identity and Status in Colonial Africa

Intimate Colonial Encounters, 1st Edition

By Lawrence Mbogoni


226 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2.Miscegenation and Anglo-African Identity in Nyasaland (Malawi) 3. Miscegenation and "Coloured" Identity in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) 4. Miscegenation, "Coloured" Status and Identity in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) 5. Miscegenation and "Eurafrican" or "Coloured" Identity in Swaziland 6. Miscegenation and "Half-caste" Identity in Tanganyika (Mainland Tanzania) 7. Miscegenation and Identity of Persons of Euro-African Descent in Uganda 8. Goan-African Miscegenation in East Africa 9. Epilogue

About the Author

Lawrence Mbogoni is Professor in the Department of Africana-World Studies at William Paterson University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa

This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political, cultural and social history of individual countries as well as broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

Themes include social and economic change, colonial experiences, independence movements, post-independence governments, globalization in Africa, nationalism, gender histories, conflict, the Atlantic Slave trade, the environment, health and medicine, ethnicity, urbanisation, and neo-colonialism and aid.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Leanne Hinves leanne.hinves@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / General
HISTORY / Africa / Central
HISTORY / Africa / East
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)