Sasha Turner

Feb 16, 2018

Contested Bodies

Pregnancy, Childrearing and Slavery in Jamaica

University Pennsylvania Press 2017

purchase at bookshop.org When British planters, abolitionists and colonial officials confronted the reality of the end of the slave trade, they envisioned reproducing laborers rather than forcibly importing them. Sasha Turner, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) book places pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood at the center of its analysis and tells the story of broad transformations in the ways enslaved women experienced slavery and the transition to emancipation in Jamaica and the British Empire.

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