The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - Social Science - 300 pages
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"This history is . . . the first fully-fleshed story of African Nairobi in all of its complexity which foregrounds African experiences. Given the overwhelming white dominance in the written sources, it is a remarkable achievement."—Claire Robertson, International Journal of African Historical Studies

"White's book . . . takes a unique approach to a largely unexplored aspect of African History. It enhances our understanding of African social history, political economy, and gender studies. It is a book that deserves to be widely read."—Elizabeth Schmidt, American Historical Review
 

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Historian White explores how prostitutes in colonial Nairobi accumulated wealth and became landladies in African Nairobi thus disrupting imaginations of prostitutes as women with loose morals ... Read full review

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White's labor history of prostitution frees women's economic contributions from the moral/public health registers that had previously marginalized them as either a.) degenerates or b.) vectors of ... Read full review

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Page 4 - I prostitution as a reliable means of capital accumulation, not as a despicable fate or a temporary strategy. Indeed, whether a woman invested in urban real estate for herself or bought goats for her father did not seem to have been a personal or a cultural decision. The work of prostitutes was family labor. Prostitutes...

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Luise White is assistant professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

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