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Contested Bodies

Contested Bodies explores how the end of the transatlantic trade impacted Jamaican slaves and their children. Examining the struggles for control over biological reproduction, Turner shows how central childbearing was to the organization of plantation work, the care of slaves, and the development of their culture.

Contested Bodies
Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica

Sasha Turner

2017 | 328 pages | Cloth $47.50 | Paper $27.50
American History
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Transforming Bodies

Chapter 1. Conceiving Moral and Industrious Subjects: Women, Children, and Abolition
Chapter 2. "The Best Ones Who Are Fit to Breed": The Quest for Biological Reproduction
Chapter 3. When Workers Become Mothers, Who Works? Motherhood, Labor, and Punishment
Chapter 4. "Buckra Doctor No Do You No Good": Struggles over Maternal Health Care
Chapter 5. "Dead Before the Ninth Day": Struggles over Neonatal Care
Chapter 6. Mothers Know Best? Maternal Authority and Children's Survival
Chapter 7. Raising Hardworking Adults: Labor, Punishment, and Slave Childhood

Conclusion. Transforming Slavery


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