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Cover of Prostitution, Race, and Politics

Prostitution, Race, and Politics Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire

  • Published: 11 Jan 2013
  • DOI: 10.4324/9780203881941
  • Print ISBN: 9780415944465
  • eBook ISBN: 9780203881941

In addition to shouldering the blame for the increasing incidence of venereal disease among sailors and soldiers, prostitutes throughout the British Empire also bore the burden of the contagious diseases ordinances that the British government passed. By studying how British authorities enforced these laws in four colonial sites between the 1860s and the end of the First World War, Philippa Levine reveals how myths and prejudices about the sexual practices of colonized peoples not only had a direct and often punishing effect on how the laws operated, but how they also further justified the distinction between the colonizer and the colonized.


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    Front Matter
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    Comparing Colonial Sites
  • Contagious Diseases Laws
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      Law, Gender, and Medicine
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      Colonial Medicine and the Project of Modernity
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      Diplomacy, Disease, and Dissent
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      Abolitionism Declawed
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      Colonial Soldiers, White Women, and the First World War
  • Race, Sex, and Politics
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      Prostitution, Race, and Empire
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      The Sexual Census and the Racialization of Colonial Women
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      White Women's Sexuality in Colonial Settings
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      “Not A Petticoat In Sight”: The Problem of Masculinity
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      Space and Place: The Marketplace of Colonial Sex
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    Back Matter