Gender and Slavery

Kirsten E. Wood

in The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227990
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743979 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Gender and Slavery

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In the last three decades, gender has become an indispensable category of analysis in the study of slavery in the Americas, illuminating both the day-to-day lives of enslaved and enslaving peoples and ideas about race and slavery. While studying gender means much more than studying women, the literature on enslaved women is especially influential, in part because of gender analysis's origins in women's history and in part because of women's central importance in slavery: women and ideas about them shaped slavery from beginning to end. This article discusses the origins of slavery, the gendered division of slave labour, reproduction in slavery, sexuality, enslaved families, black femininity and masculinity, mastery and white gender identities, and politics.

Keywords: slaves; enslaved women; gender analysis; slave labour; reproduction; sexuality; femininity; white gender identity; politics

Article.  9888 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality ; Slavery and Abolition of Slavery

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