|aDomestic violence and the law in colonial and postcolonial Africa /|cedited by Emily Burrill, Richard Roberts, and Elizabeth Thornberry.
|aAthens, Ohio :|bOhio University Press,|cc2010.
|aviii, 303 p. :|bmaps ;|c24 cm.
|aNew African histories series
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 287-294) and index.
|gPt. 1. Domestic violence, relationships of servitude, and the family.|tDomestic violence, colonial courts, and the end of slavery in French Soudan, 1905-12 /|rEmily Burrill and Richard Roberts --|tDomestic violence and child circulation in the Southeastern Gold Coast, 1905-28 /|rCati Coe --|tContinuum of gendered violence : the colonial invention of female desertion as a customary criminal offense, French Soudan, 1900-1949 /|rMarie Rodet --|tViolated domesticity in Italian East Africa, 1937-40 /|rMartina Salvante --|gpt. 2. Narating domestic violence.|tSex, violence, and family in South Africa's Eastern Cape /|rElizabeth Thornberry --|tChild marriage and domestic violence : Islamic and colonial discourses on gender relations and female status in Zanzibar, 1900-1950s /|rElke E. Stockreiter --|tFatal families : narratives of spousal killing and domestic violence in murder trials in Kenya and Nyasaland, c. 1930-56 /|rStacey Hynd --|tDomestic dramas and occult acts : witchcraft and violence in the arena of the intimate /|rKatherine Luongo --|gpt. 3. Domestic violence, conjugal relationships, and the politics of the state in postcolonial Africa.|t"I killed her because she disobeyed me in wearing this new hairstyle..." : gender-based violence, laws, and impunity in Senegal /|rCodou Bop --|tThe logics of controversy : gender violence as a site of frictions in Ghanaian advocacy /|rSaida Hodžić --|tConstructing law, contesting violence : the Senegalese family code and narratives of domestic abuse /|rScott London --|tDomestic violence as a human rights violation : the challenges of a regional human rights approach in Africa /|rBenedetta Faedi --|tFinding gendered justice in the age of human rights /|rPamela Scully.
|aFamily violence|xLaw and legislation|zAfrica|xHistory.
Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa reveals the ways in which domestic space and domestic relationships take on different meanings in African contexts that extend the boundaries of family obligation, kinship, and dependency. The term domestic violence encompasses kin-based violence, marriage-based violence, gender-based violence, as well as violence between patrons and clients who shared the same domestic space. This collection brings into conversation historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa and fosters a deeper understanding of the problem of domestic violence, the limits of international human rights conventions, and local and regional efforts to address the issue.