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When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958

Saheed Aderinto


Breaking new ground in the understanding of sexuality's complex relationship to colonialism, this book illuminates the attempts at regulating prostitution in colonial Nigeria. As the book shows, British colonizers saw prostitution as an African form of sexual primitivity and a problem to be solved as part of imperialism's “civilizing mission.” The book details the Nigerian response to imported sexuality laws and the contradictory ways both African and British reformers advocated for prohibition or regulation of prostitution. Tracing the tensions within diverse groups of colonizers and the colo ... More

Keywords: sexuality, prostitution regulation, colonial Nigeria, imperialism, sexuality laws, prostitution prohibition, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038884
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saheed Aderinto, author
Western Carolina University