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Title When sex threatened the state : illicit sexuality, nationalism, and politics in colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 / Saheed Aderinto.
Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource
Note Expanded Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject Sex -- Political aspects -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century.
Sex -- Social aspects -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century.
Prostitution -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century.
Child prostitution -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century.
Prostitution -- Law and legislation -- Nigeria.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Colonies -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- Social policy.
Nigeria -- Social policy -- 20th century.
Nigeria -- Politics and government -- To 1960.
Colonialism -- history.
Sexual Behavior -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Public Policy -- history.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- history.
Nigeria.
United Kingdom.
Africa.
Great Britain.
Nigeria.
To 1999
Genre History.
Contents Introduction : sex and sexuality in African colonial encounter -- "This is a city of bubbles" : Lagos and the phenomenon of colonial urbanism -- "The vulgar and obscene language" : prostitution, criminality, and immorality -- Childhood innocence, adult criminality : child prostitution and moral anxiety -- The sexual scourge of imperial order : race, the medicalization of sex, and colonial security -- Sexualized laws, criminalized bodies : anti-prostitution law and the making of a new socio-sexual order -- Men, masculinities, and the politics of sexual control -- Lagos elite women and the struggle for legitimacy -- Epilogue. Prostitution and trafficking in the age of HIV/AIDS.
Summary Breaking new ground in the understanding of sexuality's complex relationship to colonialism, this book illuminates the attempts at regulating prostitution in colonial Nigeria. It shows, British colonizers saw prostitution as an African form of sexual primitivity and a problem to be solved as part of imperialism's "civilizing mission."
Other Title Print version: Aderinto, Saheed. When sex threatened the state 9780252038884