Women and Slavery in Africa

TitleWomen and Slavery in Africa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsRobertson, Claire C., and Martin A. Klein
Number of Pages390
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
CityMadison
Abstract

This edited volume is one of the first that explores the theme of women and slavery in Africa. Kidnapping, warfare, seizure, and enslavement were gendered experiences in the sense that men, women, and children did not necessarily face the same process. Each enslaved woman and man was an individual who navigated bondage, resistance, dependency, and violence with different degrees of success within specific contexts. Recognizing their complexities and the variations regarding their enslavement and bondage is vital to avoiding essentialization of African slavery as a monolithic or an ahistorical institution. Women composed most of the enslaved population within the African continent, due in part to the operation of internal markets and local demands. The internal demand for enslaved women affected prices, values, and flows of the external slave trades, as well as gender imbalance.

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