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When Sex Threatened the StateIllicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958$
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Saheed Aderinto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038884

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038884.001.0001

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Sex and Sexuality in African Colonial Encounter

Sex and Sexuality in African Colonial Encounter

(p.1) Introduction Sex and Sexuality in African Colonial Encounter
When Sex Threatened the State

Saheed Aderinto

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter presents three overarching arguments that form the centerpiece of the ideas engaged in this book. First, sexuality as a component of human behavior cannot be understood in isolation from wider historical processes. Indeed, sexuality was one of the intricate sites through which several core ideas of colonial practices and thinking about modernity were configured and reconfigured. Second, the age of females who practiced prostitution played a significant role in molding the perception and institutional attention toward sex work, exemplifying the constructed difference between child and adult sexualities. Third, the intersection between sexuality and nationalism in Africa is far more complex than the present literature reveals. In Nigeria, sexualized nationalism was an aspect of the moral, cultural, economic, and political nationalisms championed by both men and women who felt that certain expressions of sexuality threatened nation-building.

Keywords:   sexuality, colonial practices, modernity, sex work, nationalism, sexualized nationalism, nation-building

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