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Title:Slavery and reproductive labor in Mombasa
Author:Strobel, M.ISNI
Book title:Women and slavery in Africa
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:female slaves
Abstract:In this essay the author examines the kinds of reproductive work that women did at the time of slavery in Mombasa and the implications of the association of female slaves with reproductive work. The article is based on a survey of a single household in Mombasa. First the author describes the society and economy of Mombasa and the household in particular, both its slave and freeborn members. Next, she analyses in detail the work of each of the members, specifically with regard to the reproductive aspects of such work. Third, she suggests that those slave whose work was primarily reproductive, that is, women slaves, were most likely integrated into the kin group and by means into the culture of the slave owners. Finally, she examines slaves' experiences of abolition in 1907: how the degree of acculturation or integration affected the slaves' resonses and what form of work was frequently taken up by female ex-slaves. Notes, ref., tab.