Pawnship, Slavery, and Colonialism in Africa

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Paul E. Lovejoy, Toyin Falola
Africa World Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 480 pages
Exploring the age-old institution of African debt bondage, in which people are held as collateral in lieu of debts that have been incurred, these twenty essays look at the various effects of this practice on such issues as kinship, gender and the international slave trade. Continuing well into the 1930s because of the economic demands enforced by European colonial rule, pawnship and slavery in the event of default on a loan has had a particularly detrimental effect on women and children, demonstrating the links between credit, servility and gender in large parts of Africa.

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Paul E. Lovejoy is Distinguished Research Professor of History at York University, Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in African diaspora history. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and currently the director of the Harriet Tubman Resource Center on the African Diaspora. He won the Prix Wallace K. Ferguson of the Canadian Historical Association in 1994 for his book Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1936.

Toyin Falola is Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and has published more than forty-five books. He is editor of two series, Studies in African History and Diaspora (Rochester) and Classic Authors and Texts on Africa (AWP). He is co-editor of African Economic History. He previously taught at Awolowo University in Nigeria and has held fellowships and visiting professorships at Cambridge University, Smith College, and York University.

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