Les soeurs de solitude: la condition feminine dans l’esclave aux Antilles du XVIIe au XIXe siècle

TitleLes soeurs de solitude: la condition feminine dans l’esclave aux Antilles du XVIIe au XIXe siècle
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsGautier, Arlette
Number of Pages284
PublisherEditions caribéennes
CityParis
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The plantation system in the West Indies had at its base the exploitation of slaves, who were largely treated as commodities rather than human beings. Despite this dehumanization, the plantation system also operated on a sexual division of labor: male slaves controlled tools and weapons, whereas female slaves were relegated to fulfilling a reproductive function. While the white master acted out personal fantasies of masculine power, male slaves, forced to work in inhuman conditions, performed masculinity at home. In this volume, the author argues that this situation necessarily meant that the abolition of slavery would not bring about the end of male supremacy and the domination of women by men. [translated and modified from Amazon]

Translated TitleThe Sisters of Solitude: The Feminine Condition in Slavery in the Antilles from the 17th to the 19th Centuries
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