The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 29, 1990 - Psychology - 285 pages
"This history is . . . the first fully-fleshed story of African Nairobi in all of its complexity which foregrounds African experiences. Given the overwhelming white dominance in the written sources, it is a remarkable achievement."—Claire Robertson, International Journal of African Historical Studies

"White's book . . . takes a unique approach to a largely unexplored aspect of African History. It enhances our understanding of African social history, political economy, and gender studies. It is a book that deserves to be widely read."—Elizabeth Schmidt, American Historical Review
 

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Contents

Introduction Prostitution in Comparative Perspective or Casual Sex and Casual Labor
1
Livestock Labor and Reproduction Prostitution in Nairobi and the East African Protectorate ca 19001918
29
Prostitution and Housing in Nairobi 191929
51
4 Malaya Prostitution 193039
79
Prostitution Production and Accumulation The Origins and Development of the WaziWazi Form in Pumwani 193645
103
Constructing Classes Gender Housing and the State in Kenya
126
Prostitution in Nairobi during World War II 193945
147
Prostitution Crime and Politics in Nairobi 194663
185
Women Wage Labor and the Limits of Colonial Control
221
Notes
229
References
267
Index
279
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Luise White is assistant professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

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