Marriage, Perversion, and Power

The Construction of Moral Discourse in Southern Rhodesia, 1894-1930

Diana Jeater


The book is out of print.


This is the first scholarly study of African marriage relationships in Southern Rhodesia during the early twentieth century. It is a highly original and cogently argued history of sexuality and gender relations in colonial Africa. Diana Jeater examines the impact of colonial occupation at its deepest level - the way in which men and women conceptualize themselves and their gender.


[Jeater's] fluidly written book examines the transformation of African marriage relationships in Southern Rhodesia...An important contribution to this burgeoning field. - American Historical Review


Diana Jeater is Professor of African History with specific research interests in Zimbabwe.