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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Violence and Gender in Africa's Iberian Colonies

Feminizing the Portuguese and Spanish Empire, 1950s–1970s

Authors: Stucki, Andreas

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  • Focuses on lesser-studied Iberian colonies in Africa as an example of late and reluctant decolonization 
  • Shows how the education and indoctrination of African women was perceived as essential in maintaining Portuguese and Spanish rule 
  • Draws on newly available primary materials in archives in Portugal, Spain and the United States, as well as accounts from African women themselves
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This book examines how and why Portugal and Spain increasingly engaged with women in their African colonies in the crucial period from the 1950s to the 1970s. It explores the rhetoric of benevolent Iberian colonialism, gendered Westernization, and development for African women as well as actual imperial practices – from forced resettlement to sexual exploitation to promoting domestic skills. Focusing on Angola, Mozambique, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea, the author mines newly available and neglected documents, including sources from Portuguese and Spanish women’s organizations overseas. They offer insights into how African women perceived and responded to their assigned roles within an elite that was meant to preserve the empires and stabilize Afro-Iberian ties. The book also retraces parallels and differences between imperial strategies regarding women and the notions of African anticolonial movements about what women should contribute to the struggle for independence and the creation of new nation-states.

About the authors

Andreas Stucki is Lecturer and Associate Researcher at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he specializes in Iberian and Caribbean history. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney (2017-18) and at Stanford University (2015-16). Andreas’ recent publications include Las Guerras de Cuba: Violencia y campos de concentración (2017) and several articles published in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, the Journal of Genocide Research, and the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.


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“Andreas Stucki offers an excellent scholarly contribution to the field. This is an original and innovative book, based on solid empirical research and fresh archival material about two relatively understudied cases: the Portuguese and Spanish ‘late’ colonialisms in Africa. It is well-structured and well-argued, dialoguing with the existing literature in a rigorous and fruitful way. The focus on gender dynamics and on the intersections between these and the ‘late’ colonial ‘modernizing efforts’ of both imperial formations is patently ground-breaking, opening many avenues for future research.” (Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal) 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17230-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violence and Gender in Africa's Iberian Colonies
Book Subtitle
Feminizing the Portuguese and Spanish Empire, 1950s–1970s
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17230-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17230-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17229-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 362
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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