[Blackstudies-l] New Book—“Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica”

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ivetteromero posted: " Sasha Turner’s Contested Bodies: Pregnancy,
Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (2017) was recently published by
University of Pennsylvania Press. Kathleen M. Brown (University of
Pennsylvania) calls it “a path-breaking book” that offers “a new analysi"
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*Sasha Turner’s Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in
Jamaica (2017) was recently published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
Kathleen M. Brown (University of Pennsylvania) calls it “a path-breaking
book” that offers “a new analysis of the impact of the end of the
transatlantic slave trade on the actual persons of enslaved women and their
children.”*

*Description (University of Pennsylvania Press
<http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15639.html>)*: It is often thought
that slaveholders only began to show an interest in female slaves'
reproductive health after the British government banned the importation of
Africans into its West Indian colonies in 1807. However, as Sasha Turner
shows in this illuminating study, for almost thirty years before the slave
trade ended, Jamaican slaveholders and doctors adjusted slave women's
labor, discipline, and health care to increase birth rates and ensure that
infants lived to become adult workers. Although slaves' interests in
healthy pregnancies and babies aligned with those of their masters,
enslaved mothers, healers, family, and community members distrusted their
owners' medicine and benevolence. Turner contends that the social bonds and
cultural practices created around reproductive health care and childbirth
challenged the economic purposes slaveholders gave to birthing and raising
children.

Through powerful stories that place the reader on the ground in
plantation-era Jamaica, *Contested Bodies *reveals enslaved women's
contrasting ideas about maternity and raising children, which put them at
odds not only with their owners but sometimes with abolitionists and
enslaved men. Turner argues that, as the source of new labor, these women
created rituals, customs, and relationships around pregnancy, childbirth,
and childrearing that enabled them at times to dictate the nature and pace
of their work as well as their value. Drawing on a wide range of
sources—including plantation records, abolitionist treatises, legislative
documents, slave narratives, runaway advertisements, proslavery literature,
and planter correspondence—*Contested Bodies* yields a fresh account of how
the end of the slave trade changed the bodily experiences of those still
enslaved in Jamaica.

*Sasha Turner* teaches history at Quinnipiac University.

View table of contents <http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/toc/15639.html>.

For more information, see http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15639.html
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | July
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