Titel: Prostitution, Race and Politics
Autor/en: Professor Philippa Levine
Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire.
black & white illustrations.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
18. September 2003 - kartoniert - 512 Seiten
In addition to shouldering the blame for the increasing incidence of venereal disease among sailors and soldiers, prostitutes throughout the British Empire also bore the burden of the contagious diseases ordinances that the British government passed. By studying how British authorities enforced these laws in four colonial sites between the 1860s and the end of the First World War, Philippa Levine reveals how myths and prejudices about the sexual practices of colonized peoples not only had a direct and often punishing effect on how the laws operated, but how they also further justified the distinction between the colonizer and the colonized.
Philippa Levine is Professor of History at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is the author of the forthcoming A Short History of the British Empire and a contributor to the Oxford History of the British Empire.
"What a rich and accomplished book this is. The product of prodigious research, it takes late nineteenth and early twentieth century British imperial efforts to regulate prostitution and control venereal disease as the point of departure for a wide-ranging, remarkably illuminating examination of gender and race, medicine and modernity, nation and empire, and, above all, sex and surveillance. Levine marshals a wealth of evidence to show the manifold ways colonial states intervened in the intimate lives of their subjects. This book should be read by all historians of modern Britain and its empire." -- Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University
"In this archivally rich, geographically far-reaching and admirably comprehensive study, Philippa Levine offers us the first genuinely transnational account of how and why sexuality was regulated in the modern British Empire. Grounding her sweeping history in four colonial sites, Levine offers irrefutable evidence that the management of sexuality was central to, if not constitutive of, British imperial rule in both ideology and practice. Prostitution, Race and Politics proves without a shadow of a doubt that anxiety about colonial bodies -- and more specifically, about the encounter of European subjects with them -- was fundamental to administrative and political procedures at the highest levels of imperial government." -- Antoinette Burton, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Sexualities globalized, disease prevention internationalized, foreign military interventions rationalized--in this stunning work of feminist history, Philippa Levine reveals how these politically-charged processes, so salient for us today, threaded their ways through the British empire. I'm already making lists of all the people I'm going to urge read Prostitution, Race, and Politics immediately." -- Cynthia Enloe, author of Maneuvers: a